We were put on standby to assist Buxton MRT, Cheshire SAR and SARDA search dogs with a search for a vulnerable missing person. The person was located before the team was required.
We were called at 16:00 with a report of two walkers who had become lost in the snowy conditions around Pym Chair. Fortunately, they were able to give us a good description of their location as well as latitude and longitude figures. We were unable to drive to our usual start point at Edale Cross because of the snow and ice on the track, so there was a longer walk than usual. We located the couple who were uninjured but very cold. After warming up, we walked them off the hill to the safety of our base in Hayfield. We completed the job at around 20:30.
We were called at 16.39 to locate a family of five including 3 children and a dog, who were lost in the mist on Kinder Scout. Initial information from the police put them in a very boggy area near the 629 spot height. A fast response hill party was despatched towards this location. Visibility was poor in the mist and it was now dark.
We were then lucky to get a successful response from SARLOC which put the family much closer to Hayfield and in a much easier location to access. As our second hill party was about to deploy, we diverted them towards the new location from Tunstead Clough. Further details confirmed this second location and the first hill party was also diverted there.
Both hill parties arrived on scene within seconds of each other and were able to escort the family off the hill to the waiting Land Rovers, for a drive back to base. All ended successfullyy, the children had a real adventure and the Springer Spaniel enjoyed the experience as well.
The team were stood down at 19.31 and the night was still young for our unpaid volunteers to enjoy…….or could they?
Just 24 minutes after standing the team down from callout 45, we were again called out to locate two lost walkers on Kinder Scout plateau. Information was limited but the south west corner was highlighted as the most likely area to search. Having just returned from the hill, team members knew visibility was limited and this could be a long and extensive search.
Buxton MRT were immediately called to assist us and Kinder hill parties were deployed to Edale Cross by Land Rover to commence searching the high probability areas. Following a review of our limited intel, we discussed the search with the Duty Controller and decided to activate the full Kinder Plan. Edale and Glossop MRTs were then activated, both of whom had also been involved in callouts earlier.
SARLOC was then successful once again and the location identified as north east of Kinder Low trig point. This was right on the search path of our first hill party and they were quickly able to locate the two lost walkers. They were walked back to the waiting Land Rovers and driven back to base in Hayfield.
A second successful callout and once again SARLOC made the search much easier and quicker. This is an invaluable tool that enables us to identify missing walkers locations from the GPS in their mobile phones.
We stood down at 22.50 and now the night was no longer young, but we had successfully found a total of 7 lost walkers and a dog over the previous hours.
Many thanks to our unpaid volunteers for turning out, to the support their families give them and to our friends in Buxton, Glossop and Edale MRTs for assisting. It had been a busy day for the teams around Kinder.
Deputy Team Leader
We were called by the Duty Controller at 11.04 with a request to assist Buxton MRT. Derby MRT and SARDA were also being asked to assist. The search was for a high risk misper in an extensive area. As search areas were being planned the misper was located. We stood down at 11.59
We were called at 18.06 to locate a father and two sons who had become disorientated whilst walking from Edale to Crowden. We were fortunate to pinpoint their location using SARLOC, which was near the top of the Sandy Heys path onto Kinder. Having spoken to the party, who were fit and well but tired and lost, they kept warm and sheltered in their now known location. A fast response party was despatched and they were able to locate and walk the party off the hill. After cups of tea they were taken to Chinley station to catch a train back to Sheffield. The team stood down at 21.30
Deputy Team Leader
We were called at 12:30 to assist a lady who had become stuck in the peat bog whilst on her Duke of Edinburgh award hike. Fortunately, some members of the team had just come of the hill and so we were able to deploy quickly. However, as we were driving up the Edale Cross track we received a message that the casualty had been released from the bog by a passer by and was safe and well. We were able to turn round and return to base, completing at 13:30.
While on the PDMRO ‘foundation’ course final exercise on Hey Moss a Road Traffic Collision occurred on the A628 Woodhead pass. Kinder Mobile 1 was deployed to the scene, with a small party including our new team doctor.
The team were first on scene and provided immediate first aid and scene management. The NHS road ambulance swiftly followed and the crew and MRT Doctor worked efficiently to treat and stabilise the motorcyclist who was suffering multiple trauma injuries. With concern for a rapid evacuation Helimed was requested. The team prepared a landing site on the carriageway. Once the casualty was loaded onto the helicopter and departed, the team returned to the final stages of their training weekend.
We also send our best wishes to the motorcyclist and hope he has a speedy recover.
We were called at 20:00 to search for a walker who had reported himself lost. The initial information was sketchy so the Mountain Rescue controller instigated the Kinder plan, calling Kinder, Glossop, Edale and Buxton MRTs, along with SARDA search dogs. As the search progressed more detailed information came to light, indicating that the man was on day one of the Pennine Way. We adjusted our search patterns and the gentleman was located safe and well by Glossop team on Bleaklow and walked off the hill. The team stood down at midnight.
The team were called to reports of a walker stuck in a bog on the plateau. A SARLOC text was sent to try and establish their exact position and the team called out but they were assisted by other walkers on scene and we were stood down within 5 minutes of being called.