At 19:41 on Sunday 24th February Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police, who had received a 999 call, to locate and evacuate two walkers who were lost and cold due to being overcome by darkness on the moors surrounding Gaddings Dam.
SARCALL, an app which sends a message to the missing persons’ phone asking for its location, was used successfully and a partial team response of 15 was mobilised to assist the walkers.
Fell parties, including ‘Jack’ a Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England search dog, approached the walkers last known point from two directions. The walkers were quickly located, provided with extra warm layers to wear and assessed by a team member under a ‘cas shelter’. After being warmed up sufficiently they were led off the moor to the Shepherds Rest Inn and their car.
Following stand-down of the incident team members returned with vehicles to the Rescue Post to sort and repack kit before heading home to continue their Sunday evenings.
In Attendance: 15 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
Total Duration: 3hrs 4mins
- Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019
- Location: Walsden Moor
- Grid Reference: SD 94595 22088
- Latitude: 53.695205
- Longitude: -2.0833345
- Man Hours: 46.9
- Members In Attendance: 15