MOUNTAIN rescue teams were called out on rescue missions twice today, in both cases to assist the North West Ambulance Service.

The first incident saw the volunteers from Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team called out to Whitworth and the second to Bacup.

Both rescue missions were undertaken successfully.

A spokesperson said: "At 2:43pm we were requested to assist with a male that had fallen in Healey Dell, Whitworth.

"Our duty leader made contact with NWAS and mobilised the team.

However, within minutes of this being sent, a second call came at 2:48pm, to a mountain biker who had taken a fall in Lee Mill Quarry in Bacup and sustained a head injury.

"With an ambulance crew on scene with the initial casualty at Whitworth and no NWAS assesses initially assigned to the second at Bacup, it was agreed that Bolton Mountain Rescue Team would head over to this job and assist the ambulance crew in Whitworth, and our team would head direct to Lee Mill and the injured mountain biker.

"As team members and the response vehicle were en route, a NWAS rapid response vehicle was allocated and arrived on scene very shortly before our team members.

"The casualty was assessed and it was agreed to stand down the air ambulance and they would be transported down to the road for onwards transport to hospital by land ambulance.

"Quick shout out, as always great to work with other teams and agencies, but in this instance, a huge thanks to Bolton MRT for their assistance to ensure both casualties got assistance as quickly as possible."

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