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Multi-Agency Training

Persons reported struggling in the River Wansbeck. A group of young males and females had been drinking all day in Morpeth and after leaving one of the pubs, thought it would be a good idea to take two of the rowing boats, which had been locked up for the night, out onto the river. An eye witness reported seeing the group capsize both of the boats.

That was the scenario which faced a multi-agency response last night. Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, the Coastguard and Mountain Rescue were involved in agreeing and implementing an effective search plan to locate the missing persons. Swiftwater and bankside teams, all in appropriate PPE, a Mountain Rescue search dog team were swiftly deployed by the three agencies, and all the casualties were located, treated and evacuated within an hour and a half.

A great evening working alongside our colleagues in the Fire Service and Coastguard. Much learning for all involved, which will hold us in good stead for the real thing!

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Co-located incident command, working out of our ‘dinky’ trailer
Blue lights everywhere you looked
Searching river right, downstream of main road bridge in Morpeth
Tricky searching along the flood defences
One of the Fire Service’s Swiftwater team vehicles
Incident control at work
Job done, time for a hot debrief
Back to base to sort the kit and clean and dry the dry suits
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Incident No: 46 2017

Date: 10 September 2017
Time: 03.20hrs
Location: North Tyne Valley

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Northumbria Police requested assistance in an ongoing search for a missing female in the North Tyne valley. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded with Incident Controllers liaising with the Police Search Adviser to agree a search plan.

The Teams were called out soon after and deployed to search paths, tracks and wooded areas near to the missing person’s point last seen. Assistance was also requested from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team to search the banks of the nearby rivers as we had a limited number of water trained members available.

Nearly six hours later the missing female was located by one of our search groups, safe and well, and was soon reunited with her family. A good outcome for all concerned.

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The incident involved 25 members for 6 hours 30 minutes.

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Incident No: 45 2017

Date: 2 September 2017
Time: 18.03hrs
Location: Drake Stone, Harbottle

Take Two…

As the first pint was being drunk after the Cotswold Outdoor sponsored #Cheviot2017 Challenge, Northumbria Police activated North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves for a re-run of a rescue we performed at a similar time last year.

A 11 year old boy became crag fast after climbing to the top of the Drake Stone. Thankfully the RV was just down the valley from Rose & Thistle at Alwinton and we were swiftly on scene.

After two members climbed to the top of the Stone, a technical rope rescue system was used to lower one of the Team members and the boy safely to the ground.

We think he really enjoyed the ride!

After clearing the incident site, sorting the kit and a quick ‘hot debrief’ it was back to the pub for a well earned drink and barbecue. All in a day’s work!

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The incident involved 15 Team members for 1 hour 30 minutes. Another 10 members looked after our pints at the bar!!

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Incident No: 42 2017

Date: 27 August 2017
Time: 18.33hrs
Location: Auchope Shelter

The busy Bank Holiday weekend continues. A female walker had sustained a knee injury and was unable to weight bare whilst walking in The Cheviots. The injured walker and her three companions decided to call for the assistance of Mountain Rescue and took shelter in the Auchope refuge hut on the Border Ridge.

North of Tyne MRT and ourselves swiftly responded with two local members travelling direct to the College Valley and two Team Land Rovers from our respective bases with two Team members on board each. The RVP was Mounthooly bunkhouse.

In parallel Border Search & Rescue Unit deployed from the Scottish side of the border with two Landrovers. They intended to approach the refuge from the Bowmont valley whilst we approached from the upper College valley.

Thankfully for us the Estate Manager for College Valley and a colleague were able to assist by transporting a Team member onto the hill in their ATV. The ATV was then used to evacuate the injured walker and one other member of the party. Our Team member then walked the other two members of the party off the hill before being transported the remainder of the journey back to Mounthooly in a Team Land Rover.

The walkers were then transported in a Team Land Rover (or taxi!) back to their car in the Harthope Valley. They never quite made it to the top of The Cheviot – their objective for the day – so we hope they’ll be back up this way again once our casualty has made a full recovery.

We would particularly like to thank Steven and Mark from the College Valley Estate for their assistance during this rescue.

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The incident involved 9 Team members for 4 hours. The rest of the Team were on standby in case more assistance was required.

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Incident No: 41 2017

Date: 26 August 2017
Time: 18.35hrs
Location: Housesteads, Hadrian’s Wall

The Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were contacted by Northumbria Police to assist in locating and evacuating a male who was suffering severe chest pains. The request for assist had come initially from the North East Ambulance Service.

The male was located 1/4 mile from Milecastle 37 just to the west of Housesteads. Due to the nature of the male’s condition, helicopter support was requested. The Great North Air Ambulance Service responded and was able to land on near the casualty, before flying them to hospital.

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The incident involved 2 Team members for 56 minutes.

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Incident No: 40 2017

Date: 26 August 2017
Time: 06.02hrs
Location: Prudhoe

Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne and ourselves in locating a high risk female in her early 50s. The female was believed to be in the Prudhoe area of Northumberland.

Our Duty Controller used SARLOC but unfortunately the missing person did not respond to the SMS message. As our Duty Controller was liaising with the Police, we were notified that the female had been found.

The incident involved 2 Team members for 32 minutes.

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Incident No: 39 2017

Date: 14 August 2017
Time: 16.43hrs
Location: Kielder Dam

Two campers were reported missing by the Forestry Commission late yesterday afternoon. Initially a group of three, the campers had got their car stuck off a track near Chirdon Head where they had been camping. One remained with the car whilst the two others went for help. The weather at Kielder was poor and as such there was a level of concern for their wellbeing.

Northumbria Police requested support from North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves. As two of our incident controllers were liaising with Northumbria Police officers and the Forestry Commission at Kielder and our Incident Officer was working with the Force Operations Manager on a search plan, news came in that the two campers had been located in the Blackcock Inn at Falstone. They were waiting on a tow truck!?!

A well intentioned call to #999PoliceThenMountainRescue and at least everyone was safe and well.

The incident involved 7 members for 2 hours 45 minutes.

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Incident No: 37 2017

Date: 6 August 2017
Time: 14.08hrs
Location: Bamburgh Castle

Northumbria Police requested our support, alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, to assist in organising and coordinating a search for a missing 7 year old child around the beach area of Bamburgh Castle. The Coastguard and RNLI had also been requested along with the NPAS helicopter.

The Teams were placed on standby while more information was gained and a search strategy developed.

Shortly after being placed on standby, the NPAS helicopter located the child on the beach who was then picked up by a Police officer.

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Incident No: 36 2017

Date: 5 August 2017
Time: 19.00hrs
Location: Gosforth Park

Northumbria Police requested our support, alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, to locate a missing person in the Gosforth Park area. A Sarloc Rescue message was sent to the missing person. Shortly after, it was confirmed that the missing person had been located by Northumbria Police.

The incident involved 1 Team member for 7 minutes.

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Incident No: 35 2017

Date: 30 July 2017
Time: 17.00hrs
Location: Caw Gap, Hadrians Wall

The North East Ambualance Service requested our assistance, along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, to help extract a female casualty from a difficult to access location along the Hadrians Wall path. The casualty had fallen, sustaining limb and head injuries. She was treated by NEAS before being carried by Mountain Rescue stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

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The incident involved 12 Team members for 2.5 hours.

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