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Mountain rescue team helps to locate Holmfirth woman
The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team
The HVMRT is staffed by volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) has successfully located an elderly woman who went missing near Holmfirth on Thursday evening.

The team was mobilised after police asked for their help in the search.

The woman was found confused and suffering from mild hypothermia.

Owen Phillips, HVMRT assistant leader, said: "We were able to quickly locate the casualty and have her in an ambulance on the way to hospital within an hour-and-a-half of being called."

The missing person, who was from the Holmfirth area, was located by Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team members and police officers.

She was found in an area inaccessible by road, so HVMRT members had to find a route across farmland.

She was carried by stretcher to an ambulance which took her to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

On call

Owen Phillips said the successful search proved how vital it was for HVMRT members to be on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Tonight was a great example of how we can all work together to make a real difference to one person.
Owen Phillips, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue

He said: "Team members are all volunteers and will drop whatever they are doing to assist when our pagers go off.

"For tasks such as this we can provide manpower and specialist techniques and equipment that the other emergency services don't have the use of.

"Where the casualty was located, it would have been impossible for an ambulance crew to get to her.

"We have the skills and the kit to transport a casualty across steep and uneven ground, and keep them as warm and as comfortable as possible during the evacuation."

The incident was the third call the Holme Valley team had responded to in just one week. The team usually responds to between 20-25 calls in a year.

On Saturday the team was called to help police with another missing person, and on Sunday they were asked by the ambulance service to help with a difficult evacuation in Meltham.

Important role

Owen Phillips said the latest incident showed the important role the team, which is entirely funded by contributions from the public, could play in a wide variety of emergencies.

The team in action
The Mountain Rescue team usually responds to 20-25 calls a year

He said: "People assume we are there solely to help people on the moors or the crags, but many of the techniques we use up there are of great use closer to home.

"Many of our calls are to missing people in rural or semi-urban areas, where our search expertise still applies.

"The assistance we can offer with difficult-to-reach casualties has proved invaluable to the ambulance service on numerous occasions.

"Tonight was a great example of how we can all work together to make a real difference to one person."





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