Calder Valley rescuers had a busy weekend as blizzards hit their area. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

Calder Valley rescuers had a busy weekend as blizzards hit their area. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

A hypothermic mountain biker and a coach-load of stranded passengers on a high Pennine road were among numerous people helped by a rescue team over the weekend.

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team in West Yorkshire dealt with 10 separate incidents as the second instalment of the Beast from the East hit the area.

The team’s volunteers were also on standby throughout the weekend to help emergency services reach patients and stranded motorists as snow, ice and strong winds hit the South Pennines.

The Calder Valley team’s snow patrol duties began shortly before 1pm on Saturday when they were called to a mountain biker suffering hypothermia at Warland Reservoir on the Pennine Way.

A team spokesperson said: “The rider had managed to find shelter but was unable to continue with his ride. Five members were deployed to locate the rider, provide casualty care and transfer him to a place of safety.”

As conditions worsened during Saturday, the team’s volunteers were put on standby to aid members of the public, police and ambulance staff.

Ten members helped a reach a patient suffering chest pains and transfer the casualty to an ambulance. Shortly before midnight, Calder Valley rescuers also helped get an 80-year-old woman in Halifax to an ambulance.

A quarter of an hour later they were called to Dean Clough in the town. The team used one of its vehicles to take a 64-year-old man who had suffered facial injuries in a fall to hospital.

Throughout Sunday, Calder Valley SRT members continued their support for the ambulance service, bringing a 77-year-old man with breathing difficulties to an ambulance. They were also asked to help reach a patient in a remote location. Although the ambulance crew managed to reach the casualty, the team stood by in case they were needed.

The Coastguard helicopter in Halifax. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

The Coastguard helicopter in Halifax. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

At 5.15pm, the team was alerted to a young female needing urgent medical help who was in an isolated location near Hardcastle Crags in the Hebden Bridge area. The spokesperson said: “Due to the remote location and the urgency, CVSRT requested the assistance of the Coastguard from Humberside.

“Once the casualty was packaged and loaded onto the helicopter, she was airlifted to Savile Park, Halifax and handed over to the ambulance crew for onward journey to Calderdale Royal Hospital.”

The stranded coach near Blackstone Edge. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

The stranded coach near Blackstone Edge. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

Earlier in the day, the team’s help was requested by colleagues from Oldham MRT with an incident where a coach with 18 passengers was stranded on Blackstone Edge Road, a transpennine road linking Greater Manchester with West Yorkshire.

Team members also helped a stranded motorist near Scammonden, west of Huddersfield, and finally went to the aid, about 7.30pm, to several vehicles stuck in the snow with stranded passengers on the A6033 moorland road between Hebden Bridge and Oxenhope. The spokesperson said: “CVSRT members proceeded to move the occupants to a place of safety or turned vehicles around and directed them back down towards Hebden Bridge.”

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