One or two Groups recently have had incidents whilst out walking with completely different outcomes and method of rescue or assistance. For certain, none of us can plan what to do in an emergency situation as they are all different and never play out the way we expect them to do. So if you are out on a walk, please consider the following observations given in the hope they might be of assistance to you.
Take a mobile phone out with you. Leave it switched on. You can always put it on silent mode. If you are lost and alone, providing it is in signal it can be used to detect your location. You can now register your mobile phone number with the 999 Emergency Services for SMS text messaging. This service used to be exclusively for hearing and voice impaired persons. It is now open to all as it is generally accepted that a text message can sometimes get through when a voice message cannot. More information is available by following this link.
Never assume you are out of signal with a mobile phone until after you have attempted to dial 999 or 112. A 999 or 112 call is a "cross-network" call that seeks out all network signals. For example you might be on one network without a signal but dial 999 or 112 and it might be another network that transmits your call to the emergency services. If you are on "Pay-as-you-go" and are out of credit still make the call, as your phone will still connect. The call is free! If an emergency situation develops while you are out walking on your own or with a Group, think about the following as a suggestion.
Make sure you are not in any danger before approaching the casualty.
If there is a 1st aider in your party they will probably assist.
Call for help. Either you have to make the call if you are on your own or send someone to make the call. If you are on a road then dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Ambulance. In any other situation ask for the Police. A grid reference will always be helpful.
Do not try and “second-guess” what is going to happen. It is better to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Police. They will arrange the necessary backup with Ambulance; Air-ambulance; Coastguard or S&R Helicopter; or the nearest Mountain Rescue Team.
They will ask for as much information as possible so a Grid Ref will be useful to have with you when you make the call. What3words is useful as well.
Continue to assist the casualty as much as possible.
Keep the remainder of your party together! It is very important to have everyone in one place particularly if it is cold; wet; coming to the end of the day where light is fading.
Wait for help to arrive.
Follow the instructions the emergency service gives you. They have a much better idea of the problems and an overview of the situation when carrying out a rescue procedure.
It is in situations like the above that the survival bag; 1st aid kit; the extra chocolate bar; and that old pair of gloves and hat in the bottom of the rucksack come in handy. Putting the waterproof jacket on (even if it isn’t raining) can keep a winter’s chill at bay while waiting for help.
Let’s hope you never have to consider any of the above while out for a walk!
Sunday 14 August 2022Starting at 10:30A moderate 10.5 mile / 16.9 km walk
Wednesday 17 August 2022Starting at 10:30A leisurely 4 mile / 6.4 km walk
Saturday 20 August 2022Starting at 09:30A leisurely 10 mile / 16.1 km walk
Wednesday 24 August 2022Starting at 10:30A moderate 12.5 mile / 20.1 km walk
Thursday 25 August 2022Starting at 10:30A moderate 7.5 mile / 12.1 km walk
Sunday 28 August 2022Starting at 10:30A strenuous 9 mile / 14.5 km walk