After Moss passing his assessment this weekend to become Search Dog Moss, it wasn't long before he was flung in to action and off to the Lakes in the early hours of this morning along with his team mate Bob to help search for a walker who'd gone missing on Sunday in the Sarfell Pike area.
In total 11 Search Dogs and a number of Teams from in and around the Lake District, along with the S92 Coastguard helicopter, helped in the search and by 10am one of the dog teams located the missing walker as they were walking in to their search areas.
In the photos in the link below you can see Search Dog Bob waving the helicopter off thinking “thank god I'm not going in that thing!” ... See MoreSee Less
The team has spent the last 3 days searching for a missing walker on Scafell Pike. The walker was initially reported overdue from a walk on Scafell Pike on Sunday evening. Team members who had already been to an injured walker near the summit searched in foul conditions but without success. Teams from Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team and Keswick Mountain Rescue Team were also looking. The search resumed on Monday with teams from Wasdale, Kendal, Coniston, Penrith, Cockermouth and Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs. Once the weather improved slightly a coastguard helicopter from Prestwick also joined the search but once again the missing walker was not found. The search continued on Tuesday with teams from Wasdale, Keswick, Kirkby Stephen, Duddon, RAF Mountain Rescue and Bowland Pennine Teams. There were dogs from the Lakes and as far away as Oldham from SARDA England. Around 10:00 this morning shouts for help were heard in the Silverybield Crag area in Upper Eskdale. The missing walker was found stuck in boggy ground. He'd been moving throughout much of the time and had injured his wrists the previous evening. He was airlifted to hospital by the coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon. A good outcome. We'd like to thank all the teams , dog handlers, air crew, Police and others who've supported the search, often in difficult conditions. Time to return to normal life.
Incident 2, Sunday 14th January
The team were requested by both GMP & NWAS to respond to reports of a male walker with a suspected ankle injury, interestingly on the same path as the injured walker the team had helped some 48 hours earlier.
On this occasion a runner had come across an injured walker out with a group of friends and had correctly decided that due to the cold weather and slippy conditions it was correct to report the incident.
Upon arrival at the location the team found no casualty. Having received no further additional information the team decided it was prudent to complete full circumference searches of all the local reservoirs and proceeded on those grounds to cover Yeoman Hey, Greenfield, Dove Stone and Chew reservoirs including nearby paths & tracks.
On finding nothing the team concluded the walker was probably helped out of the area by his friends so stood down and handed the matter back to the Police.
The incident involved 15 team members for 2hrs 24mins.
The team would like to add special thanks to the runner who reported the incident and who we spoke to a number of times through the afternoon. Although on this occasion the call wasn't needed its always important to report even suspected accidents in rural & remote outdoor locations. You never know, you might just be saving someone's life. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done to our team member Matt Torr who has completed the 110 mile Spine challenge in 41 hours. Fantastic achievement and time to get your feet up and have a kip. 👍🏻🎉 ... See MoreSee Less
Incident 1, Friday 12th January
The team were requested by NWAS to treat & evacuate a female walker with a suspected broken ankle. She had taken a fall whilst out walking around Yeoman Hey Reservoir. On arrival at the scene the team found the casualty in some pain and discomfort although was in reasonably good spirits considering.
After stabilizing the break and giving her some pain relief the team requested Helimed 72 attend. Access to the location was a tricky and using the helicopter meant we could evacuate her much more smoothly and quickly.
The incident involved 9 team members for 1hr 46mins ... See MoreSee Less
Team member Matt Torr out this morning on his last training run for the Spine MRT race which starts on Saturday. The race follows 110 miles of the Pennine Way from Edale to Hardraw in North Yorkshire and is a ‘race within a race’ contested by MR team members from across England and Wales as part of the Spine Race series.
Matt said “A stunning but bitterly cold run out today to test full kit load. Felt great and I seem to have finally shaken a cold which has been hanging around for weeks. Conditions for the race are looking pretty good, cold and windy but good visibility and little precipitation. This could and probably will change by Saturday but I’m happy to take on any weather conditions. The race is run non-stop day and night, my schedule has me running for around 40 hours with 3 or 4 hours of rest to eat and sort myself out en route. Hopefully I’ll be finished sometime in the early hours of Monday morning”
Matt is running the race to raise funds for the team. Thanks to all those that have donated so far. If you can spare a few pounds please visit his just giving page :
Go Matt!! ... See MoreSee Less