On Saturday 15th July 2017, Mountain Rescue members from the Mid-Pennine Region who are specially trained in water rescues techniques came together at the River Washburn in North Yorkshire to refresh their water rescue skills and to forge a stronger working relationship. Water First Responders and Swift Water Rescue Technicians from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team gathered in the river flow beneath Woodyard on the river.

It’s worth mentioning that this training was made possible by a kind invitation from Halifax Canoe Club and Yorkshire Water. On limited occasions the river is supplemented from Thruscross Reservoir, providing a guaranteed strong flow of water along the river length into Fewston Reservoir. This in turn provides the perfect opportunity for the canoe club members to enjoy a slalom competition in the upper section, whilst we trained downstream in the lower section of the river.

Throughout the day, team members trained together to practice core water rescue skills required to operate safely around swift water including defensive and aggressive swimming through the flows, throw line rescue and tethered rescue swims to retrieve casualties from the water. The afternoon session included more technical rescue skills training including the tethering and manoeuvring of a rescue craft across the river and into the flow using high lines. Such skills may be called upon to carry out a rescue from a vehicle trapped during a flood.

This training was also part of a developing program to bring together Mountain Rescue water rescue members from across the Mid Pennine Region. All members are trained to the same National Standards for water rescue and from experience during recent major water rescue incidents, i.e. the flooding incident witnessed earlier this year on the East coast, Mountain Rescue water rescue specialists often work together to support the statutory emergency services.

Finally it’s worth remembering that all the equipment seen in these photographs such as the dry suits, water craft, specialist ropes etc. are all funded by generous donations from the public and sponsors from across the region, all supporting their own local Mountain Rescue teams.

We would all like to thank everyone for the continued support for Mountain Rescue teams. This allows us to train and maintain essential skills, ensuring we are prepared to help the public in times of need.

Mick Smith
CVSRT Water Lead

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

CVSRT received a request from Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to assist with the search for a high risk vulnerable 52yr old male who was reported missing from his home.

21 CVSRT members were available to assist with the search and once on-scene were tasked with searching areas of interest for the misper. After 5hrs all areas were cleared and both teams stood down and returned to their respective bases.

Shortly later a member of the public located the missing person walking outside our search area. He returned home safe and well.

In attendance: 21 CVSRT
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Total Duration: 5hrs 55mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 14 May 2017
  • Location Liversedge
  • Grid Reference SE 18108 24387
  • Latitude 53.715588
  • Longitude -1.7271034
  • Man Hours 118.6
  • Members In Attendance 21
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Monday, 01 May 2017

CVSRT received a request from Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to assist with the ongoing search for a missing 20yr old female who had been reported missing from the family home 01:30am on 1st May.

Team were stood down en-route as the misper was located.

In attendance: 22 CVSRT
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Total Duration: 30mins
Person Hours: 11hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 01 May 2017
  • Location New Hey Road, Huddersfield
  • Grid Reference SE 10160 17884
  • Latitude 53.657352
  • Longitude -1.8477424
  • Man Hours 11
  • Members In Attendance 22
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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Midway through our 50th Anniversary Celebration Service in Mytholmroyd, CVSRT members became aware of a missing persons appeal issued by West Yorkshire Police for Denise Bishop, a vulnerable 38yo female, who was reported missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Team members immediately noticed similarities to a recent missing person search in Holmfirth by Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, where the female had been successfully found by HVMRT on Friday (18th November) but was hypothermic and in need of medical assistance at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Subsequently the casualty had been transferred to Halifax for further treatment.

At 16:00pm on Saturday (19th November), West Yorkshire Police requested CVSRT assistance and our incident leaders also alerted HVMRT to the new search for the same female. Within the hour, 51 members from both teams had assembled and were deployed in and around the Savile Park area of Halifax. Earlier in the afternoon the missing female had been seen on CCTV entering the park.

As darkness fell, the temperatures also fell below freezing and search efforts intensified into the night with CVSRT Search dog ‘Pepper’ and Cheshire SAR Trailing dog ‘Skye’ joining the search, as well as additional units from the police, the police helicopter and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. All areas of interest radiating out from the last confirmed sighting in Savile Park were thoroughly searched and cleared.

The hospital grounds had already been searched earlier in the day by CRI security staff, however a CVSRT fell party were tasked to search the hospital grounds again just in case the missing female had been wandering for a while and had returned to that location.

At 20:38, the missing female was successfully found by CVSRT in dense foliage at the rear of the hospital. She was alive but wet, cold and very confused. She was able to walk and was escorted indoors for medical assistance.

CVSRT would like to thank HVMRT, WYFRS and WYP for their assistance with searching and covering such a large area so quickly. The combined efforts concluded with a successful find. Excellent team work and a fantastic result.

In attendance:
24 Calder Valley SRT members and 1 Search dog
26 Holme Valley MRT
1 Cheshire SAR Trailing dog and handler
West Yorkshire Police
NPAS Police Helicopter
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 19 November 2016
  • Location Savile Park, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE 08896 23624
  • Latitude 53.708967
  • Longitude -1.8667102
  • Man Hours 24
  • Members In Attendance 132
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team was called by Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to assist West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing search for 60-year-old Robert Bidski, who was reported missing by his family at around 9pm on Monday 10th October.

Mr Bidski was last seen in the Chickenley area, however his car was located on the Denby Dale Road, near the Bretton roundabout. Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team were contacted by West Yorkshire Police and began the search at 2.10am on Tuesday in the Bretton Common area.

The search continued throughout the day with assistance in the morning by SARDA search dogs. Later in the afternoon members from CVSRT, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team and Lincolnshire Search and Rescue Team joined the search. By 18:45pm, all team's were stood down for the night whilst police enquiries continued.

West Yorkshire Police appeal: Robert Bidski missing appeal

Mr Bidski is described as a white male, 5ft 10", slim build, grey hair, goatee beard. When he was last seen, he was wearing a grey wool jacket, which was waist length, blue faded jeans and grey shoes.

PC Bronwyn Carter, said: "We are concerned for the welfare of Robert and are appealing to members of the public who may have seen him or know his whereabouts to assist with our enquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact myself via 101 quoting log number 1665 of 10 October.

In attendance:
21 CVSRT members
2 CVSRT Search Dogs (Pepper and Jack)

West Yorkshire Police
NPAS National Police Air Service
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team
Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team
Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team
Lincolnshire Search and Rescue Team

CVSRT Person and dog hours: 147hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 11 October 2016
  • Location West Bretton
  • Grid Reference SE 27961 14275
  • Latitude 53.624271
  • Longitude -1.5787214
  • Man Hours 147
  • Members In Attendance 21
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HVMRT Rescue RockClimb 2016

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Our friends and neighbours, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team are hosting a climbing fundraising event called ‘Rescue Rock Climb 2016’ at Huddersfield Climbing Centre on Sunday 6th March.

Pop along and enjoy the day climbing and helping to raise funds for HVMRT, what ever your style or ability, there’s something for everyone and you might even spot a few Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team climbers there too!

More details and to support the team visit: http://rescuerockclimb.org.uk

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