Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team found a man they didn’t even know was missing ... and he was right under their noses!

The team was cleaning their equipment after a hectic few days of call-outs when they spotted the elderly man sitting on a wall outside their base at Emergency House on Manchester Road in Marsden.

Assistant Team Leader Pete Phillips said: “As we chatted to him what he was saying sounded a bit odd so we invited him in for tea and biscuits and while he was enjoying them we checked with the police. It turned out he was in his 90s and had gone missing from Liversedge a couple of days before. We held on to him until the police came to pick him up.

“If we hadn’t found him we’d have probably been asked to search for him so we actually found a man we didn’t even know as missing.”

It has been a hectic team for the team. Normally they have 18 to 20 calls a year but they’ve had their busiest time ever with 10 incidents in just 10 days.

Last weekend the team was called to assist Oldham Mountain Rescue Team who were searching Oldham Edge for a man missing from home.

Just as that search concluded, both the Holme Valley and Oldham teams responded with a team from Glossop and the RAF Sea King helicopter to rescue a seriously injured climber from crags at Laddow Rocks above Crowden in Derbyshire.

Mr Phillips said: “He had fallen around 30ft and had suffered multiple injuries. He was climbing alone and it was lucky he had been spotted by a passerby who alerted the emergency services.”

Last Thursday this week the team was called to help an ambulance crew rescue a young boy who had fallen from a rope swing in woods behind the Dale Inn at Denby Dale. He was taken to hospital with suspected neck and leg injuries.

Previous to these incidents the team dealt with four people on Holme Moss during the Tour de France which ranged from bad blisters to a broken leg.

 

A few days later the team was called to help Yorkshire Ambulance when a women collapsed and died on the moors above Meltham.

This was followed by a mountain biker who fell off his bike in a plantation at Cartworth Moor. He has evacuated using the air ambulance that fortunately could land in a clearing very close to the incident.

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