On 27th January 2017, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was alerted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to an incident [Incident 990] involving a 21yo mountain biker who had fallen off his bike whilst riding near Otley Chevin sustaining chest and shoulder injuries.

17 team members were available to respond immediately and made their way in team vehicles or directly to the casualty’s location. Once on-scene, team members quickly packaged the injured rider in a vacuum mattress and transferred him to the ambulance nearby for onward journey to hospital.

After the team hands over the casualty to the ambulance service our involvement usually ends, apart from an update from the hospital on the patients wellbeing, or a thank you letter or mention on social media.

However on this occasion, members of the casualties family recently contacted the team to say they were extremely thankful for the teams help and mentioned they wanted to show their appreciation by doing a skydive to help raise funds for us.

Ok, so can we take this opportunity to say… once we’ve rescued someone, we don’t expect all our casualties or family members to throw themselves out of an aeroplane for the benefit of the team! That said, CVSRT are extremely grateful that folk feel compelled to go to extraordinary lengths to raise awareness and funds for us.

The charity skydive happened last week, (Friday 16th June) at Skydive GB, near Bridlington, and we can thankfully confirm that Debbie Forrest, Richard Fenty and Simon Manning all made it safely back to blighty in one piece. They have also confirmed that the casualty is making good progress and should make a full recovery.

The adventurous trio are still accepting donations, so if you would like to sponsor them please do so via: https://www.paypal.me/charityskydive

We will announce the final amount raised once all sponsorship has been collected.

Thank you

Published in News


Sunday, 23 April 2017

CVSRT called to assist West Yorkshire Police with the search for Peter Silson, a vulnerable 80yo male who had been reported missing at 10am on 22nd April.

25 team members were available to assist with the search and once on-scene were tasked with searching woodland at Otley Chevin. After 6hrs all areas of interest were cleared without a conclusion, so the team stood down and returned to base at 1:30am, then onward to their homes.

The team was informed several days later that Mr Silson had returned home by himself, and was said to be safe and well.

In attendance: 25 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
National Police Air Service (NPAS Carr Gate)

Total Duration: 6hrs 1mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 23 April 2017
  • Location Otley Chevin
  • Grid Reference SE 20429 44146
  • Latitude 53.893093
  • Longitude -1.8286392
  • Man Hours 150.4
  • Members In Attendance 25
Published in Incidents


Friday, 27 January 2017

At 14:30, CVSRT were called to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service with the evacuation of a 21yo male who had fallen from his bike whilst riding near Otley Chevin. 17 team members were available to respond immediately and made their way directly to the casualty site or in team vehicles. Once on-scene, team members packaged the injured rider in a vacuum mattress and transferred him to the ambulance nearby.

It’s worth mentioning, the heavy traffic and congested routes can make progress challenging when attending an incident, however we would like to thank all the motorists who kindly made way for our emergency vehicles once they saw the blue lights. We commend your prompt, calm and safe actions, which helped our emergency vehicle drivers make good progress.

At 16:31 the team members stood down at scene and returned to base by 18:45, then onward to their place of work or homes.

In attendance:
17 CVSRT members
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Total Duration: 4hrs 15mins

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 27 January 2017
  • Location Otley Chevin
  • Grid Reference SE 20096 44323
  • Latitude 53.894697
  • Longitude -1.695879
  • Man Hours 68.7
  • Members In Attendance 17
Published in Incidents


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

CVSRT received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the evacuation of an injured female who had fallen whilst walking at Caley Crags near Otley, and had sustained a closed ankle fracture.

Once on-scene team members carried the casualty by stretcher for approx. 1km to the waiting ambulance for onward journey to hospital.


Additional Info

  • Date Wednesday, 20 July 2016
  • Location Caley Crags, Otley Chevin
  • Grid Reference SE 21700 44200
  • Latitude 53.893527
  • Longitude -1.6712892
  • Man Hours 36.4
  • Members In Attendance 13
Published in Incidents


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