Sir Fred Hoyle rescued by CVSRT
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