Date: 18 November 2017
Location: Upper Harthope valley
Mid-afternoon on Saturday a female walker in her early 60s slipped and sustained an injury to her ankle. She had fallen on steep ground, half a kilometre upstream of Harthope Linn. Her companion had to leave her location to raise the alarm due to poor mobile service.
Northumbria Police alerted North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves, and a callout was swiftly initiated. Local Team members were on scene with the casualty at the remote location in just over an hour.
Our Medic was joined by a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic, both of whom administered pain relief to the casualty. Other Team members ferried kit from our vehicles at Langleeford Hope in case a stretcher carry was required.
Due to casualty’s condition and the location, our Incident Officer requested a Coastguard helicopter. The Team would like to thank the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 from Prestwick for their skilful flying and enabling a swifter evacuation of the casualty to hospital in Melrose.
We would also like to pay tribute to the walkers who kept our casualty company whilst we were en-route.
All being well our casualty will make a full and swift recovery. We would like to wish her well.
The incident involved 20 Team members for 5 hours 40 minutes.
Date: 11 November 2017
Location: Stocksfield, Northumberland
Mid-afternoon on Saturday, Northumbria Police requested our assistance in a search for a vulnerable male in his late 40s. His abandoned car was found on the outskirts of Stocksfield, Northumberland.
Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue, we responded immediately with our Incident Officer travelling to liaise with the Police Search Adviser whilst drivers were allocated for our 4×4 response vehicles and Team members were placed on standby.
At 15.30hrs the Teams were called out to work alongside Police officers searching routes emanating from, and small wooded areas immediately adjacent to, the missing male’s car. The map shows the tracks of our search groups and dog teams. SARLOC was also used but unfortunately the missing male did not respond to the text.
The incident ended when the missing person was located safe and well in Edinburgh, having taken a train from Stocksfield!
The incident involved 20 Team members and two search dogs for 5 hours.
Date: 08 November 2017
Location: Durham area
On Wednesday evening, Northumbria Police requested advice from our Duty Controller regarding a missing female in her early 40s from Sunderland. She had last been seen the day before at her home. Information from the Police suggested the missing female might have used public transport to get to Durham.
SARLOC and a follow up text message was used by the Duty Controller, acting on behalf of the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. Unfortunately the missing female did not respond to either message and in agreement with the Police the incident was closed.
Date: 16 October 2017
On Monday morning North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves deployed to assist Northumbria Police in the ongoing search for Damion Willcock from Whittingham. Damion was last seen by his family at 10.00am on Sunday.
In conjunction with the Police Search Adviser, our Incident Officer devised a search plan which was implemented and reviewed over the two days of the search. Working alongside Northumbria Police officers, a body was sadly located on day two of the search, in one of the prioritised wooded areas.
Our thoughts are with Damion’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
The incident involved 20 Team members and two search dogs for 9 hours and 45 minutes on day one, and 19 members and one search dog on day two for 7 hours.
Date: 16 October 2017
Location: Auchope Shelter, Pennine Way
As one of our incident controllers was liaising with Northumbria Police regarding incident number 51, more details to follow, a second request for support came in. This time for an injured female walker who had spent the night in the Auchope Mountain Refuge Hut. The female had been walking the Pennine Way and on descending from Auchope Cairn on Sunday had damaged her ankle. Being well equipped she decided to spend the night in the shelter before trying to finish her journey the following day.
Unfortunately with the prevailing weather and the state of her ankle, the walker rightly requested help from Mountain Rescue. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded from the College Valley and Border Search & Rescue Unit from Sourhope Farm on the Scottish side of the border. We were assisted by the College Valley Estates, once again, with the use of one of their ATVs.
The walker was ultimately evacuated down to Sourhope Farm by the Border’s team.
Date: 2 October 2017
Location: Hexham area
Earlier in the week members of our joint controller group with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded to a request for support from Northumbria Police to help locate a vulnerable female. SARLOC – the text based location App – was used but unfortunately the female did not respond to the text. The female was, however, located shortly afterwards by Police Officers in a field close to her home address.
The incident involved 4 members for 1 hour 10 minutes.
Date: 28 September 2017
We received a SARCALL activation from Northumbria Police at 19.59 hrs to assist with a search for a vulnerable female in her early 70s who was last seen by her husband in a supermarket carpark in Hexham.
The Police already had officers on the ground searching and had called in the National Police Air Support Unit to assist.
The Team and North of Tyne MRT were placed on standby and drivers were arranged whilst our controller liaised with the Police to gain more information to aid deployment.
Whilst we were talking to the Police control room, the good news came through that the female had been located safe and well.
The teams were stood down and normal family life resumed!
The incident involved three members for 30 minutes.
Earlier in the week four members from our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team went to Hitachi Construction Machinery to receive a £2,000 donation.
Following a fundraising appeal over the last few months, both Teams are now celebrating having reached their collective fundraising target of £32,000 thanks to the Hebburn-based business, that now allows us to purchase a new digital radio system.
As charities, all #MountainRescueTeams rely heavily on support from the public and local businesses. As a Team we have also received other generous donations towards the new digital radio system, including £12,500 from The Henfrey Trust. The remaining money was raised thanks to contributions from members of the public and supporters of the Mountain Rescue through our Justgiving campaign.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us to raise the funds needed.
Last night our training session focused on ‘driving to arrive’. With an increasing number of rescue incidents it is more important than ever before that our members do not put themselves or others at risk when responding to an incident. Delivered by an ex-traffic Police Officer and Police driver trainer, the session provided hints and tips to ensure we safely arrive at the RVP. They included the IPSGA and COAST acronyms. Great session with much valuable learning.
Date: 24 September 2017
In the early hours of this morning Northumbria Police requested our support in locating a high risk missing person in the Seahouses and Beadnell area of Northumberland. Given the information available, deploying the Team and North of Tyne MRT was not required. Instead, the Duty Controller assisted by liaising with the Police Search Adviser and sending a SARLOC to the misper’s phone before monitoring for a response.
The National Police Air Support unit was utilised and Police Officers provided ground support. The misper was located 45 minutes later.