NEWSAR (the team I am Deputy Team Leader of) went to the aid of a young male walker with a significant, but non life threatening leg injury.
Just a reminder that even the little hills can “bite”. He was well equipped and just unlucky to have a slip.
He couldn’t have been more lucky though as our team was just completing a training weekend in advanced first aid and so many of the best qualified team members were at base ready to deploy.
If you do come a cropper in the UK hills, even the small ones, remember to dial 999 or 112 and ask for Police, then Mountain Rescue (999 and 112 work exactly the same, there is absolutely no difference). If you ask for an Ambulance and you are even a short distance away from a public road then the Ambulance crew will do their best to get to you, but they are not equipped or clothed for hills and a two person crew can’t carry you off. This may then cause a delay while an appropriate resource is tasked, usually a Mountain or Lowland volunteer rescue team. An MR team will ask for all appropriate resources to be engaged in parallel and co-ordinate the rescue with their own team members and any other services appropriate.
To be fair, on this occassion the Welsh Ambulance Service did recognise very early on that they wouldn’t be able to complete the job, so we were called just over 15 minutes later. Still, it was 15 minutes delay that could have been avoided by asking for Police and Mountain Rescue.
We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.
Daily Post article and a little bit of video.