INCIDENT 94/2019 – Nov. 7th. Thu. 20.31hrs – Horton in Ribblesdale – Mountain Incident

On Thursday evening, North Yorkshire Police requested the team to prepare to conduct a daylight search of North Ribblesdale for a missing walker (m, 77), whilst they continued their own inquiries overnight. Team leaders then spent the evening planning a search pattern ready to commence on Friday morning.

After a briefing, the team began a detailed search of boundaries and caves along walking routes and bridleways radiating from Horton village. A base of operations was established at Horton Old School, where police officers and team leaders were able to coordinate their response.

As team members were nearing completion of the first phase of the search, police were notified by a farmer that he had located a body in a field near Ingman Lodge, towards Ribblehead.

Team members together with police officers relocated to Ingman Lodge, where Police were able to confirm it was the individual concerned. Once death was confirmed, team members stretchered the casualty to a waiting road ambulance, for transport to a mortuary.

31 personnel, 204 volunteer hours