BOLTON Mountain Rescue Team has been mobilised to three incidents today.

The team, entirely made up of volunteers, was sent to Rivington Pike just before noon after a woman sustained a suspected fracture.

Around an hour later they were called after a male was unconscious near to Moses Gate Country Park in Farnworth before heading over the moor to Tockholes to a sledger in difficulty.

Posting details and photographs on their social media channels, a spokesman said: "An eventful start to 2021 with three rescues (so far) today.

"The first at 11:51 was to a 32 year old female with a suspected fractured ankle on Rivington Pike. The patient was conveyed to Royal Bolton Hospital in a team vehicle.

The second and third incidents arrived in quick succession: at 14:48 to an unconscious male near to Moses Gate country park and at 14:52 to a sledger on the moor above Tockholes, near Darwen.

15 team members attended Moses Gate and worked alongside the North West Ambulance Service ambulance crews and Hazardous Area Response Team to extricate the casualty from a difficult-to-access location.15 team members attended Darwen and carried a 29 year old male sledger with a serious foot injury to the waiting NWAS ambulance."

The team depends on donations and grants to continue its work.

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