Monday, 17 April 2017

At 14:30, CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the ongoing search for a vulnerable missing 59yo female who was reported missing from home at 10:20am on the 11th April.

Whilst team members assembled to commence the search, CVSRT leaders and search managers attended the Police Station for a briefing where they were tasked with searching wooded and open areas. An additional search dog team also joined the search from Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.

Whilst this initial search continued, the next area of interest was identified and our search managers made ready to deploy the team. Before this could happen, a member of the public found the missing female in this new area of interest, and alerted the police.

CVSRT instantly deployed a vehicle to the casualty’s location to provided immediate medical care until the ambulance crew arrived on scene.

At 19:30 the team stood down and returned to base.

In attendance: 22 CVSRT

SARDA Dog Teams
1 Oldham Mountain Rescue Team

West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 7hrs
Person Hours: 33hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 12 April 2017
  • Location Scott Hall Road, Leeds
  • Grid Reference SE 30348 35888
  • Latitude 53.818390
  • Longitude -1.5405203
  • Man Hours 33
  • Members In Attendance 22
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the ongoing search for Craig Alderson who was reported missing on 20/1/17 from Queensbury.

30 team members were tasked with searching various areas of interest, however all areas were cleared and the team stood down at 9pm.

Police enquiries are ongoing: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news/missing-craig-alderson-queensbury

In attendance: 30 CVSRT
Total Duration: 5hrs 40mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 05 February 2017
  • Location Queensbury
  • Grid Reference SE 10474 30404
  • Latitude 53.769880
  • Longitude -1.8425750
  • Man Hours 170
  • Members In Attendance 30
Published in Incidents


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Whilst 22 team members were en route to assist with an incident at Brontë Falls near Haworth, a second callout was received from the Ambulance Control Centre asking for assistance with a 72yo gentleman, who had fallen in a wooded area near Bingley.

At this point, Calder Mobiles 2 & 3, along with 12 members carried on to the Brontë Falls incident, whilst Mobile 1 with 10 members diverted to the Bingley incident, utilising Mobile 3 once the crew had been dropped off. 

Once on-scene, team members assisted the ambulance crew to treat the gentleman for hypothermia and a head injury, before packaging and evacuating the casualty to the ambulance waiting nearby. At 14:45, the full team stood down and returned to base, and then onward to their homes.

Quick thinking and prompt actions made for two successful simultaneous rescues. Read more about Incident #991 Brontë Falls.

CVSRT would like to mentioned the young lads who found the gentleman and dialled 999, then waited at the road junction to wave team vehicles down at the correct side road to the nearest access point.

In attendance:

10 CVSRT members 

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Total Duration: 1hrs 46mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 29 January 2017
  • Location Gilstead Lane
  • Grid Reference SE 12155 39100
  • Latitude 53.847999
  • Longitude -1.8167288
  • Man Hours 18.2
  • Members In Attendance 10
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search of a vulnerable 27yo male who had left his home address in a distressed condition.

All areas tasked by the police were cleared and the team stood down and returned to base at 04:30am then onward to their homes.

The missing male was reported found alive later that day at his friends house.

In attendance:
23 CVSRT members
West Yorkshire Police

Total Duration: 5hrs 25mins
Person Hours: 124.6hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 14 December 2016
  • Location Clough Lane, Mixenden
  • Grid Reference SE 06072 28611
  • Latitude 53.753830
  • Longitude -1.9093923
  • Man Hours 124.6
  • Members In Attendance 23
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Sunday, 11 December 2016

At 20:51, CVSRT were called to assist West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing search for a vulnerable female who had been reported missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital. Earlier in the evening the police helicopter (NPAS Carr Gate) had searched and cleared all open areas.

24 Team members with Search dog ‘Pepper’ were available to respond immediately and once on-scene were tasked with clearing a large area of dense undergrowth in the Manor Heath Park area of Halifax.

At 22:06, Search dog ‘Pepper’ with hander Ellie located the missing female alive, but in need of medical assistance. Team doctors were quickly in attendance and the casualty was then transferred to hospital for further care.

In attendance: 24 CVSRT members

Search Dog 'Pepper' (SARDA England)

West Yorkshire Police

NPAS Carr Gate

Total Duration: 3hrs 30mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 11 December 2016
  • Location Manor Heath Park, Halifax
  • Grid Reference SE088234
  • Latitude 53.707799
  • Longitude -1.8669033
  • Man Hours 79.2
  • Members In Attendance 24
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Whilst CVSRT were returning to the valley from Incident #978 at Shipley Glen near Baildon, Team leaders received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a vulnerable missing male at Baitings Reservoir, Ripponden.

Once on-scene, CVSRT were tasked with searching and clearing areas of interest. Unfortunately the missing male wasn’t located during the search and at 02:30am the team stood down, returned the vehicles to their bases and then continued onward to their homes.

Police enquiries continued today (Tuesday) as the male was still missing and officers were assistance by the police helicopter and additional police ground units.

In attendance:
24 CVSRT members
West Yorkshire Police

Duration: 3hrs 45mins

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 14 November 2016
  • Location Baitings Reservoir, Ripponden
  • Grid Reference SE 01126 19091
  • Latitude 53.668293
  • Longitude -1.9844297
  • Man Hours 90
  • Members In Attendance 24
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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Earlier today, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was contacted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service requesting assistance with a search for a vulnerable 30yr female who had gone missing and was in need of medical attention.

12 CVSRT members with Search dog ‘Pepper’ were deployed to the location near West Bradford Golf Club. Due to the location, our neighbouring team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, was also placed on stand-by, however thankfully their services were not required.

Whilst the police helicopter searched from over head, a search area was identified and the team deployed. Shortly after entering the woodland, Search dog ‘Pepper’ with handler Ellie Sherwin found the missing female alive, but in need of urgent medical assistance.

The remaining CVSRT members and YAS paramedics were guided to the casualty’s location and affected a swift evacuation to the ambulance.

At 18:00, the team returned to The Rescue Post, then onward to their homes or work. Excellent teamwork and a great result.

Well done ‘Pepper’ for the quick find…(and Ellie of course).

In attendance: 12 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)
West Yorkshire Police
National Police Air Service (NPAS)

Duration: 4hrs 25mins
Person (and search dog) hrs: 51

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 28 September 2016
  • Location Heaton Wood, Shipley
  • Grid Reference SE 11531 34965
  • Latitude 53.810848
  • Longitude -1.8263670
  • Man Hours 51
  • Members In Attendance 12
Published in Incidents

Sir Fred Hoyle rescued by CVSRT

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

To mark our 50th Anniversary, we’ve collated a selection of notable incidents from over the 50 years which have been published in a limited edition booklet.

One such incident was the search and rescue of Sir Fred Hoyle on 24th November 1997, who went missing whilst out walking near his childhood home at Eldwick, Bingley. Sir Fred was a famous physicist and arguably the most important astronomer of the last century, after Albert Einstein.

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were called to assist with the search for Sir Fred who had been missing for over 10hrs. He was eventually found in the early hours after a long night searching at Shipley Glen by Search dog “Tip” and handler Simon Adams, with navigator Martin Woodhead.

Simon recalls how he and Martin had been tasked with clearing the valley bottom;

“We had just received a stand down from control and at this point the dog teams were nearing the end of their search area. Search dog handler, Ellie Sherwin passed on the message that the dog teams would clear the remainder of their area before standing down.”

“Two minutes later we found Sir Fred Hoyle. He was lying on his back in the stream at the bottom of the glen. Martin moved in and quickly assessed the situation while I radioed control to tell them we had found him.”

“Ellie’s search dog unit guided other team members and equipment in to the casualty site and, in what seemed a very short time, the casualty was being delivered to the open doors of a WYMAS ambulance. A hard night’s work with an excellent result.”

Sir Fred was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where the 82-year-old received treatment for a dislocated shoulder and hypothermia. Thankfully he survived his ordeal and when fully recovered, visited our base to meet his rescuers.

Incident Report: cvsrt.org.uk/182

Buy the 50th Anniversary Booklet and help raise funds for the team >> SHOP << 

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016


James Gray 39yo missing from Mytholmroyd.  (See Incident #960)

Following confirmed sightings of the missing male on CCTV footage, a new search area was identified and CVSRT were called to assist West Yorkshire Police to search and clear the new area in the hope of finding James Gray.

All areas were search and cleared. Police enquiries continued.

In attendance: 22 CVSRT members
Duration: 7hrs


Following developments in the investigation West Yorkshire Police have released a statement:

CVSRT would like to offer their condolences to James’ family and friends at this difficult time.

Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 24 August 2016
  • Location Mount Pleasant Drive, Mytholmroyd
  • Grid Reference SE 01397 26297
  • Latitude 53.893527
  • Longitude -1.9803023
  • Man Hours 154
  • Members In Attendance 22
Published in Incidents


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the ongoing search for a missing vulnerable person from Mytholmroyd. James Gray (39yo) was last seen on Monday 22nd August at 06:23am.

35 team members and 3 search dogs were tasked with searching open areas and dense woodland around the last known location. All areas cleared and the missing male was not found, therefore team stood down for the evening and Police enquiries continued.

Duration: 10hrs

See Incident #961 for further information: http://www.cvsrt.org.uk/incidents/redirect/961 

Additional Info

  • Date Tuesday, 23 August 2016
  • Location Mount Pleasant Drive, Mytholmroyd
  • Grid Reference SE 01397 26297
  • Latitude 53.733064
  • Longitude -1.9803023
  • Man Hours 301
  • Members In Attendance 35
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