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Incident No: 03 2018

Date: 15-16 January 2018
Time: 17.40hrs
Location: Scafell Pike, Lake District

Three Search And Rescue Dog Association England handlers and their dogs, and three Team members as navigators from our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, were placed on standby yesterday to assist the Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue Association with an ongoing, large scale search for a missing walker in the Scafell Pike area of the Lake District. The search was being conducted in full winter conditions.

The handlers, dogs and navigators travelled from #Northumberland in the early hours of this morning to Keswick Mountain Rescue Team‘s base for a briefing. They were then deployed to search a large area around Broad Crag and Ill Crag. Uplift to the area was provided by a Coastguard helicopter.

Thankfully the walker was located in Upper Eskdale, injured but alive, after spending nearly 48 hours out on the hill in winter conditions.

The incident involved 6 Team members for 7 hours.

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Incident No: 02 2018

Date: 11 January 2018
Time: 23.33 hrs
Location: Unknown

Late on Thursday night the Duty Controller for North of Tyne MRT and ourselves responded to a request from Northumbria Police. A vulnerable 19 year old female had been reported missing. Our Duty Controller liaised with the Force Operations Manager and used SARLOC to try to ascertain the female’s location.

Further information received by the Police suggested the missing person was out of our area in Cleveland. The missing person was located in the early hours of Friday morning.

The incident involved one Team member for 3 hours 45 minutes.

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Incident No: 01 2018

Date: 2 January 2018
Time: 19.49hrs
Location: Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Northumbria Police requested advice and support from ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team in regards to a high risk missing person on Tuesday evening. A male in his mid-70s and living with dementia had been reported missing.

Our Duty Controller provided advice to the Police accordingly and it was agreed at that stage no further action from #MountainRescue was required. The situation was monitored until later in the evening when the Police confirmed the male had been located, safe and well, in the city centre of Newcastle.

A good outcome for all concerned.

The incident involved four Team members for 1.5 hours.

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Incident No: 66 2017

Date: 30 December 2017
Time: 11.23 hrs
Location: Peterlee, County Durham

Well we spoke too soon! The quiet spell ended yesterday when Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team requested our assistance along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and Search And Rescue Dog Association England to search for a vulnerable female. The female had been missing overnight in the Peterlee area and given the wintery conditions there was even more of an urgency to the search.

Thankfully at mid-afternoon the female was located, then treated and evacuated by the #MountainRescue teams.

A job well done.

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The incident involved 5 Team members and 2 from North of Tyne MRT for 4 hours.

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Incident No: 65 2017

Date: 12 December 2017
Time: 15.39hrs
Locations: Ravens Heugh, Simonside

A group of nine, well equipped walkers requested the assistance of #MountainRescue yesterday afternoon when one of their party, a female in her early 70s sustained an ankle injury. The group at the time of reporting the incident to Northumbria Police was near Ravens Heugh.

North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves swiftly deployed a hasty team from the Rothbury area in a 4×4 vehicle. As we deployed, the group continued with their ‘self rescue’ making progress towards Simonside. The group was met by our hasty team just as they reached a drive-able track.

The injured walker was assessed by one of our Medics before being warmed and then evacuated in the 4×4 vehicle. The other members of the party were also transported off the hill with the assistance of the Police.

We’d also like to thank the Rothbury Practice as one of their Doctors checked over the injured walker once she’d been safely evacuated from the hill.

The incident involved 6 Team members for 2 hours.

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Incident No: 64 2017

Date: 10 December
Time: 11.58hrs
Location: Auchope Cairn, College Valley

The third incident this week led to the Team being deployed to the College Valley. A relative of a walker reported that they had been tracking the walker’s phone and indicated that the ‘phone ping’ had remained in the same location for 24 hours. She was clearly concerned for the walker’s wellbeing and contact was duly made with the Police.

Northumbria Police activated North of Tyne MRT and ourselves just before midday on Sunday. As we went to standby and the National Police Air Support service attended, a hasty party of local Team members was despatched to the College valley. Two vehicles were also despatched in support.

Soon after it was decided to call out the full team as we were uncertain NPAS could reach the location of the ‘phone ping’ due to cloud lying over The Cheviot. The Teams were to RV in Wooler to give us the option of deploying search groups from Wooler Common, Harthope valley and College valley.

Border Search & Rescue Unit were also placed on standby.

Unfortunately (or fortunately!) not long after the callout message it became apparent that our missing walker had more than likely spent the night at the Mounthooly bunkhouse and had left in the morning, fit and well. Once this information was confirmed, the majority of Team members were stood down.

The hasty party was requested by the Police to conduct a limited search in and around the location of the ‘phone ping’, which by now had been confirmed as being on the northerly slope of Auchope Cairn, just below the summit. After a hasty search of the lower to mid section of the Hen Hole and the route from Auchope shelter to Auchope Cairn had been conducted, with nothing found, the hasty party headed back to our Land Rover in the valley. Soon after it was confirmed that the walker had returned to Mounthooly having walked to Windy Gyle and back, totally oblivious about what had been going on.

A well meaning incident. Thankfully nobody was at risk and the walker was accounted for at the end of the day.

We’d like to thank, once again, the College Valley Estate for their assistance.

The incident involved 8 Team members for 6 hours 30 minutes. Another 16 members were en-route to Wooler when they were stood down.

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Incident No: 63 2017

Date: 5 December 2017
Time: 17.02hrs
Location: Hamsterley Forest, County Durham

Late afternoon on Tuesday our Search Dog handler was placed on standby to assist Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) in locating a missing 15 year old male with autism. The young male had disappeared whilst on a school trip to Hamsterley Forest.

As the search was scaled up, our Search Dog handler was deployed to work alongside other handlers from the North East, TWSMRT, Cleveland MRT and Swaledale MRT. The HM Coastguard helicopter from Humberside was also involved by this stage.

We were then called alongside North of Tyne MRT at 22.32hrs to assist with the search from 08.30hrs the following day should the incident continue overnight. Thankfully as availability responses were being gathered by our Duty Controller, the good news came through that the young male had been located by Forestry Commission workers who had been driving the forest tracks.

A great result and relief for all concerned.

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The incident involved 1 Team member and search dog for 4 hours.

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Incident No: 62 2017

Date: 5 December 2017
Time: 01.44 hrs
Location: Sunderland

In the early hours of yesterday morning, our Duty Controller responded on behalf of North of Tyne MRT and ourselves to a request for support from Northumbria Police. The Police required assistance in locating a high risk, vulnerable male in the Sunderland area.

Whilst the missing person did not respond to the SARLOC location App message, they were located by 05.00hrs.

The incident involved 1 Team member for 3 hours 18 minutes.

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Incident No: 61 2017

Incident No: 61
Date: 1 December 2017
Time: 22.02hrs
Location: n/a

The Force Operations Manager for Northumbria Police activated the joint controller group for North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves late on Friday night. Our assistance was required in locating a medium risk vulnerable female.

SARLOC, the location App, was used but unfortunately the missing person did not respond to the text message. Police enquiries are ongoing.

The incident involved two Team members for 11 hours 30 hours.

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Incident No: 60 2017

Date: 30 November 2017
Time: 22.15hrs
Location: A69, near Corbridge

After the Simon Yates presentation in Hexham on Thursday night, one of our Team Landrovers assisted at a RTC on the east bound carriageway on the A69. A Vauxhall Corsa and its occupants had had an altercation with the central reservation and ended up stationary across two lanes of the road. The four occupants were also on the carriageway.

Our Team member and one of our Support Group members assisted at the scene. The Team Landrover with blue lights was used to close off the road and the occupants of the Corsa were checked over and asked to remain behind the crash barrier. Northumbria Police were alerted on the Airwave radio.

Once the Police arrived on scene, the Vauxhall Corsa was moved off the carriageway and the Team’s Landrover and members were released to go. Thankfully nobody was injured.

The incident involved 2 Team members for 40 minutes.

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