Mountain rescue chief’s sledging warning

First published in News

FUN-seekers taking to the snowy slopes in Bolton have been warned about the hazards of sledging.

Garry Rhodes, team leader of Bolton Mountain Rescue, said: “People tend to injure themselves more when sledging on shallow snow rather than deep.

“It’s probably because there is less snow to soften any falls. Our advice would be to check what you’re sledging into before you set off.

“As long as people are aware that the weather can change rapidly, there’s no reason to stop them going out there and have a great time.”

The warning comes after two people were injured in sledging incidents last Saturday.

An 18-year-old was treated for suspected spinal injuries and a man in his 20s broke his leg in two separate sledging incidents on Saturday.

An ambulance, an air ambulance and Bolton Mountain Rescue scrambled to playing fields at Eagley Brook where an 18-year-old man had fallen off a sledge.

He was treated for possible spinal injuries and taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital.

The mountain rescue team also helped a man in his mid-20s who had suffered a broken leg on the banks of Yarrow reservoir at Anglezarke.

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9:24am Tue 22 Jan 13

steveG says...

Oh dear, the nanny states gone even dafter.Safety advice on sledging from the Bolton Mountain rescue team - I don't know what to say.
Oh dear, the nanny states gone even dafter.Safety advice on sledging from the Bolton Mountain rescue team - I don't know what to say. steveG
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9:32am Tue 22 Jan 13

magic dragon says...

steveG wrote:
Oh dear, the nanny states gone even dafter.Safety advice on sledging from the Bolton Mountain rescue team - I don't know what to say.
Maybe you could say that this is valuable advise. An ambulance, Air ambulance and Mountain rescue all attended one incident. Maybe if the person in question had taken more care then these resources may have been available if a serious accident had required them.
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, the nanny states gone even dafter.Safety advice on sledging from the Bolton Mountain rescue team - I don't know what to say.[/p][/quote]Maybe you could say that this is valuable advise. An ambulance, Air ambulance and Mountain rescue all attended one incident. Maybe if the person in question had taken more care then these resources may have been available if a serious accident had required them. magic dragon
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12:35pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Harwood1975 says...

Its health and safty gone mad.. the rescue teams only attended because of their very existance. What would have happened in the days before these rescue services existed. Those injured and those arround would have got them to hospital anyway, People need to 'man' up.

Im surprised people arn't wanting to sue the council for now clearing the snow off the hills or putting warnings in place warning people of the dangers. (in various languages of course)
Its health and safty gone mad.. the rescue teams only attended because of their very existance. What would have happened in the days before these rescue services existed. Those injured and those arround would have got them to hospital anyway, People need to 'man' up. Im surprised people arn't wanting to sue the council for now clearing the snow off the hills or putting warnings in place warning people of the dangers. (in various languages of course) Harwood1975
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