Oldham Mountain Rescue Team required for three separate incidents.

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 19 July 2021

Oldham’s stalwart mountain rescue team were involved in three separate incidents on Saturday, 17 July 2021. 

Fourteen of their squad spent four hours searching for a missing person in Royton at the request of GMP.

The team scoured an area of dense vegetation and steeply sloping stream banks, an unenviable task in rising temperatures. 

They did not find the missing person, although some items were found which may help GMP with their continuing search.

Immediately after the search, the team headed  to cover the second half of the Alderman’s Ascent, a local fell race, which they  had agreed to assist with. 

Once there, they attended to multiple runners in various stages of heat exhaustion, plus three who had taken falls during the race. The incident involved eight OMRT personnel for around 90 minutes. 

It was the fifth birthday of the race which was included in the Fell Runners Association 2021 English Championship Races and a fundraiser for Saddleworth Rangers Youth teams. 

Late on Saturday evening,  the team were activated by the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation Duty Controller to a joint incident with Glossop Mountain Rescue Team at Laddow Rocks, on the Pennine Way.

There were reports of a member of a Duke of Edinburgh group who was unable to continue due to pre-existing medical conditions. 

OMRT  leader, Rob Tortoishell said: “With GMRT coming in from Crowden, above Glossop, we walked in from Chew Reservoir to rendezvous with the casualty party. 

“After being assessed by a casualty carer, the casualty was packaged onto the stretcher and wheel for the carry back to Chew Reservoir.

“The casualty was then transferred into the vehicle for the journey back down to Dovestones, where he was reunited with his parents.

“This was a great example of inter-team cooperation, with everyone coming together to undertake what was at times a tricky stretcher carry.”

Thirteen OMRT and 11 GMRT personnel were involved for approximately four hours.

Rob added: “We send our best wishes to all the casualties.”

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