Macclesfield Forest

  • Call out for year: 03
  • Date: 4/01/09
  • Time: 6:25 pm
  • Grid ref: SJ973 704
  • Type of incident: Walker Search benighted(6)
  • Team members involved: 25
  • Time taken: 30 minutes
  • Total man hours: 12 hours 30 minutes

Incident report

dsc_0029smallAll operational members and dog handlers of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team were placed on standby for a potential search for a lost family group.

Five adults with a nineteen month old baby lost their way on the forest path back to the Standingstone carpark after a walk upto the summit of Shutlingsloe. The forest path was in total darkness and the temperature had started to plumit to below freezing. The mention of the baby must have caused serious concern to Cheshire emergency services which responded with two ambulances, a paramedic response vehicle, two police vehicles and a fire engine.

The party were quickly located when the police vehicles entered the forest tracks and used blue lights and sirens to attract their attention and guide them to safety.  No harm had come to anyone.

The team was stood down within 15 minutes of the original call to mountain rescue and, whilst members had started to prepare for a cold night in the woods, no members were actually involved with the incident.

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