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Cyclist spoke of last wishes in the minutes before his unexpected death

A cyclist who was killed in a fall from his bike had told his friend just moments before that they were passing the spot where he would like his ashes scattered after his death.

Mark Buckley, 51, was cycling a familiar 40-mile route through the Trough of Bowland in Lancashire on September 5 last year with his colleague and ride buddy Lee Double.

Mr Double told an inquest: “It was a social ride. We rode along with each other talking about life, discussing the ways of the world and work.

“We got to the top of the climb just before where Mark had his accident. He was waiting for me at the top, near a memorial plaque for cyclists and he commented if anything happened to him, that’s where he would want his ashes spread.”

Moments later, en route to a coffee stop, Mr Double lost sight of Mr Buckley on a twisting descent.

At the bottom he found his friend and colleague at Garth Prison face down in a stream, having lost control of his bicycle on a bend. He tried to call 999 but had no mobile phone signal.

The inquest heard that Mr Buckley died from multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, in hospital.

Colin McNutt, a passing motorist, told the inquest he had tried to call 999 but was surprised to have no signal, according to the Lancashire Evening Post.

He said: “I could see Lee was shook up. I was talking to him, trying to find out his name, trying to make conversation. He was holding Mark’s head out of the water. He said Mark was getting heavy for him. I asked him if he wanted to swap over.”

Mr Buckley’s GPS had recorded a speed of 44.2mph on the descent in good conditions, leading the coroner to rule a conclusion of accidental death.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [290 posts] 2 years ago
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Just a quick note, even though your mobile phone may show no signal, dialling 999 will force it onto another network, if one is within range. It's unlikely that all the major networks will have no coverage in a particular area, so always give it a try.

I don't mean to suggest that the two people in this story didn't do that anyway.

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Justin Something [7 posts] 2 years ago
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ALWAYS try to call 999 anyways. As Peowpeow stated here, the phone will jump onto the strongest signal no matter the network and hopefully you will get thru. But lets all hope you dont need to make that call.

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mattbibbings [81 posts] 2 years ago
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We find ourselves in remote places sometimes, even by road. It is well worth registering with this service
http://www.emergencysms.org.uk

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fast as fupp [25 posts] 2 years ago
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or set up 112 on your phone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZv_8dABfU

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Paul J [836 posts] 2 years ago
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112 is part of the GSM standard. It should work on *any* GSM based phone, anywhere. No registration needed.

To avoid any confusion: You *Don't* need to register for 112. You can always ring it. Registering is only for the text-based service he mentions in the video.

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Dizzy [68 posts] 2 years ago
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RIP Mark Buckley

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FatFreddie [19 posts] 2 years ago
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Paul J wrote:

To avoid any confusion: You *Don't* need to register for 112. You can always ring it. Registering is only for the text-based service he mentions in the video.

In marginal signal conditions a text may well work when a voice call won't so it's worth registering.

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kitsunegari [58 posts] 2 years ago
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Tragic, so gutted for the friend who held him out of the water as well. What a terrible experience.

RIP.

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arrieredupeleton [574 posts] 2 years ago
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RIP Mark.

It's steep sided valley where he fell and having ridden and driven it many times, I would find it hard to believe even emergency service calls could be made there. It's a 5-10 minute drive to the nearest phone box. Unfortunately, his friend was faced with an impossible situation. You can be there for 20 minutes and not see a car sometimes.