Wednesday, 01 July 2015 10:03

Rescue Team warn of heat dangers after DofE rescue

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Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team were called out twice on Tuesday, helping 8 young people to safety after they suffered mishaps whist enjoying the outdoors on the hottest day of the year so far.

The first call came at 3.45pm after a local mountain biker lost control on a gravel track near to Scammonden Reservoir. The casualty suffered cuts and bruises and a suspected leg injury, and was located approximately quarter of a mile from the nearest road access. 14 team members were mobilised to the scene to meet ambulance paramedics who had provided treatment to the casualty. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended, cutting a lock from a gate to enable HVMRT's Land rover to access the track down to the reservoir. Once through the gate, it was possible to drive the 4x4 along tracks to the site of the incident, and transport the casualty back to the waiting ambulance.

At 9pm, the team were called out once again as a group of youngsters on a DofE expedition had called 999 after becoming stranded on Holme Moss. The party of 7 girls from Hertfordshire were suffering from dehydration and the effects of the heat, after crisscrossing the moors trying to find a footpath down from Black Hill to Crowden.
22 members of HVMRT responded to the call and, with West Yorkshire Police and a NPAS helicopter, located the group on the side of a clough above Heyden Brook. The group were then evacuated in fading light to the car park on Holme Moss Summit, where they were checked over and given water by members of the team, before being reunited with their group leaders.

Owen Phillips, A spokesman for Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team commented; "This incident brings home how important it is to always pay attention to the weather and go out suitably equipped. We frequently find ourselves saying this when the weather is cold and wet and visibility is poor, but it applies equally to extremes of hot weather. On hot days, you really need to take plenty of water - the combination of heat and physical activity will rapidly cause dehydration and that will affect your ability to think clearly and make sensible navigational judgments".
"This group of girls also found out that when the sun goes down and you stop moving, it can rapidly become a lot cooler - they were equipped for that and did find they needed to put extra jackets on and use their survival bags to keep warm - even after the hottest day of the year."
"In the end it was a good result - they were all evacuated from the moor safely - and they will certainly have had a memorable end to their DofE expedition!"

The Holme Valley Moutnain Rescue Team is manned by volunteers and entirely funded by donations from the public.
The team provides search and rescue cover for an area of 1,000 square kilometres, ranging in altitude from 7m to 580m above sea level, and members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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