Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) volunteers undertook a training exercise with Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue and South Western Ambulance Service on Sunday 6 March to test how different agencies can work together effectively.
Exercise Ironman commenced at 9am when Wiltshire Police received reports that a 10 year old boy was missing in or around Lydiard Park.
WILSAR, the water rescue team based at Stratton fire station and South Western Ambulance Service paramedics were called into assist. The agencies worked together to search the park, including the two lakes and adjacent streams.
Wiltshire Police had issued a public notice of the event on Friday so that visitors to park knew the presence of emergency services vehicles was a training exercise. As well as the search for the missing boy, organisers added a twist to the day when one of the searchers ‘fell’ into the lake, incurring a broken leg and head injuries.
The team from Stratton Fire Station used their specialist inflatable raft cum rigid stretcher to bring him ashore where paramedics attended to the injuries.
The missing child was located in the park before the exercise closed down at 2pm.
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All images by Richard Wintle of Calyx