20 February 2016, 16.54hrs
Whilst most of the Team were away in the Cairngorms winter training, the remaining few alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team had to deal with an incident involving two walkers.
The walkers had rung Northumbria Police stating they were overdue and still six miles from their vehicle, with the weather closing in. The walkers were, however, able to safely make their way off the hill to Low Bleakhope farm where they were met by Police officers. They were then taken back to their car.
The incident involved 2 members being deployed in a 4×4 with further members on standby for 1 hour.
Sunday 14 February 2016, 01.28hrs
Northumbria Police requested our assistance to help in the search for missing Newcastle woman, Margaret MacDermott.
Margaret was last seen at her home on Bolbec Road in Fenham on Friday evening. Her car was found parked on Broad Chare on Newcastle Quayside, and we undertook a search of the surrounding areas.
If you have seen Margaret, or have any information about where she may be, then please contact police on 101 quoting reference 782 13/02/16.
The Team stood down at 05.29hrs
Sunday 7 February 2016, 17.52hrs
No sooner had we stood down from one incident and returned to base, another incident came in close to where we had just been!
Northumbria Police requested our assistance with locating a female and her son. The female was driving to a holiday cottage when she took a wrong turn and ended up on rough track before getting her car stuck.
Whilst North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team’s Land Rover and three Team members headed out west again, two of our Incident Controllers liaised with the Police and began to coordinate a search of the drivable tracks in the area. After an hour the female and her son were located safe and well north of Wall Shield.
The incident involved 6 members for 2 hours.
16.32hrs, 31 January 2016
A short lived incident this evening with a positive outcome. A family of three became lost in woods near Hexham.
Northumbria Police contacted the Team for assistance and to see whether the SMS location app, SARLOC, we use could pin point the exact location of the family. No sooner had the Police contact ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, we were stood down as the family had been located by the Police. All three were safe and well.
The incident lasted 4 minutes and involved one Team member!
08.50hrs, 30 January 2016
Earlier today we received a request from Northumbria Police to assist in the search for Leanne Bramwell who was believed to be in the Widdrington or Cresswell. We responded along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team.
Thankfully as one of our Incident Controllers was en-route to the briefing with the Police, Leanne was found safe and well. The positive outcome meant that our Team members could continue to Lyon Work & Rescue at Tebay, Cumbria for a training day. More on this later!
A total of 2 members were involved for 40 minutes.
17.09hrs, 23 January 2016
Two walkers had contacted Northumbria Police to say they were lost in Kielder Forest. From the information received they were believed to be near Chirdon Head on a drivable track.
As our incident controllers tried to establish a more accurate location using SARLOC and by talking to the walkers, the Police dispatched local officers in a 4×4 vehicle.
Our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were put on standby and drivers tasked to pick up our vehicles.
Thankfully the walkers and their dogs were quickly located by the Police on a forest track and were transported back to their car. All safe and well.
A total of 3 members were involved for 35 minutes. A further 6 members were ready to be deployed.
18.40 hrs, 21 January 2016
Search Dog Tess got her first call out last night just 4 days after becoming operational. Northumbria Police requested our assistance after reports from the public concerned about a distressed female near Whitburn Golf Course.
We, alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, undertook a search of the area however the lady was not found.
She was last seen by the caller walking in the direction of Quarry Lane, returning to the path and heading towards the nature reserve. The woman was wearing a light coloured dress, black tights with a seam down the back, a hat with a rim around it and a scarf covering her face.
Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 696 220116.
The incident involved 17 Team members for 5 hours.
The road linking Rothbury and the New Moor House cross road for the A697 experienced some horrendous driving conditions for around an hour this morning; with a complete white out due to drifting snow. Up to 20 vehicles were stuck at various places along the road, which was then closed to prevent further vehicles getting stuck. The photo shows what the road was like shortly before the local Police requested our assistance and before it got really bad.
We mobilised one of our Land Rovers to drive the road from the A697 towards Rothbury, to check on the welfare of those stranded and to tow them to a point where they could make further progress. At the same time, the Northumberland National Park Authority mobilised one of their Land Rovers to do the same, but in the opposite direction; from Rothbury to the A697.
Shortly after both Land Rovers started travelling to the scene, the weather started to ease and a snow plough managed to clear the road allowing it to become passable again and re-open.
A yellow alert for snow remains in place for the rest of today and the hills are very white! Always check the forecast and equip yourself for the conditions.
A total of 4 Team members were involved for 50 minutes.
Well the clock has started again with the first incident of 2016. Two walkers and their dogs reported themselves lost in Thrunton Woods in the Callaly Crag and Hob’s Nick area.
The Police contacted ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team immediately to request assistance. A SARLOC message was immediately sent to one of the walker’s mobiles to try to ascertain their exact location. One of our controllers then rang the same number but it went to anasphone.
Two of our controllers then travelled to Thrunton Woods to liaise with the Police, whilst two others monitored MRMap in case the location of the walkers ‘pinged’ back. The walkers were, however, able to make their way safely off the hill to Callaly using the torch on their iPhone. As they descended mobile service was lost and hence why we could not contact them.
All ended well and we were back home in time for our Sunday dinner!
A total of 4 Team members were involved for 1 hour.