On Sunday 13th December at 17:27, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police to locate a missing walker who had become lost somewhere near Withens Clough Reservoir whilst walking towards Stoodley Pike, Todmorden.
Due to the dense fog that had descended rapidly on the moors, visibility was very poor and the walker had become disorientated and lost his way. Worried for his wellbeing and unsure of his exact location, the full team were deployed to affect a rapid search and rescue.
As team members made there way to the search zone, incident leaders used SARLOC to help pinpoint the walker’s location. Once on-scene, one of the teams search dogs (Meg) with handler Pete and navigator Richard, were tasked with searching the reported grid references, and found the walker.
He was tired, cold, wet and in need of assistance due to exposure to the elements, but after being tended to by a team casualty carer, and warmed up and fed, he was able to walk to Calder Mobile 1, located on the nearest driveable track for transfer off the moor.
A very grateful walker, and an excellent result. Well done Search dog ‘Meg’ and thanks also to Russ Hore (Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team) for designing SARLOC (ref: accuracy 15metres).
So, what is SARLOC?
- Date: Sunday, 13 December 2015
- Location: Withens Clough
- Grid Reference: SD 97803 23509
- Latitude: 53.708001
- Longitude: -2.0347606
- Man Hours: 76.5
- Members In Attendance: 30 and 3 Search Dogs