A major operation swung into action when a coach crashed through a wall at the bottom of Kirkstone Pass, tipping onto its side. There were in excess of 40 people on board, many of whom were injured, some seriously. The rescue operation involved Police, Ambulance, Fire Service, Air Ambulance, ourselves and Kendal MRT. Our Lowfold base was used as a casualty clearing station were the less seriously injured were assessed by Paramedics, before being sent to appropriate hospitals. Our vehicles were used for transport.
We were requested by the Police to go and recover two people who had got their car stuck on Wrynose Pass in icy conditions. They claimed not to have seen the 'Road Closed' signs and became stuck on ice near the top. The recovery was hampered by a number of other cars abandoned and blocking the road.
An autistic 8-year-boy went missing at Limefitt Holiday Park. Because of the terrain around that area, which includes fast moving water, disused quarries, mine shafts and steep crags we mobilised quickly to go and look for him. Fortunately he turned up quickly, as the team was en-route. We all returned home.
Two occupants of a car who had been trapped by snow and ice overnight were recovered to Ambleside. Sat-nav said yes, but weather and road conditions failed to communicate their disagreement to aforementioned electronic device.
We were requested by Police to check a vehicle for occupants, that had been stuck in a flood. They were OK and were going to have to sit out and wait for a recovery vehicle when water had subsided. By this time the journey to Langdale involved going to Grasmere first, being the only route where the road was still passable.
A man was reported as missing and potentially suicidal. His car had been located by Police near Rydal. A prolonged search ensued, and he was located at 1.45am unharmed. We were assisted by 6 dogs from SARDA, and it was one of the handlers who located the man.