Sunday 1 May, 20.31hrs
Yesterday evening North of Tyne MRT and ourselves were contacted by Northumbria Police regarding a cyclist who was lost in the Kielder area. Indications were that the cyclist was near to Riccarton.
We tried SARLOC, a text message system used to locate missing persons, whilst the Police drove some of the roads and other resources were being mobilised. Border Search & Rescue Unit and Tweed Valley MRT were made aware of the incident in case additional support was required.
Unfortunately due to the poor mobile coverage SARLOC didn’t work. After half an hour though contact was made with the cyclist again and he confirmed he was on the road near Riccarton. A Police vehicle located the cyclist and transported him back to his start point at Kielder Water. All ended well.
The incident involved 2 Team members for 1 hour.
Wednesday 27 April, 20.26hrs
Yesterday evening Northumbria Police requested the Team’s assistance to locate a group of partially sighted walkers overdue in the Harthope valley near Wooler. A total of 19 walkers including their sighted guides were well over four hours late for their transport back to Wooler. They had set out to climb The Cheviot and return to the valley over Cairn Hill and Scotsman Knowe.
Given the wintery conditions on the hills, members from our Team and North of Tyne MRT were activated immediately. An advanced party, including two of our Incident Controllers, were on scene very quickly whilst the Team Landrovers and other members travelled to Langleeford farm.
On arrival at the farm, one of our Incident Controllers ascertained that all the walkers had managed to find their way safely off the hill. Other than being very tired from their long day, all the walkers were well.
A good outcome for all concerned. We hope they enjoyed their well deserved meal in the Red Lion!
A total of 21 Team members were involved for 1.5 hours.
Monday 25 April, 11.12hrs
The Team was called out by Northumbria Police today to assist in the search for a 46 year old Washington man. Alongside North of Tyne MRT, members were deployed in small search groups along the Coast to Coast cycle path and into the Princess Anne Park. A water search group was also deployed along the banks of the River Wear.
The Team’s were stood down when the man was reported to have been located outside of the search areas.
A total of 18 Team members were involved 6 hrs 50 minutes.
Thursday 4 April 2016, 13.50hrs
The Team was requested earlier today by the North East Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a female suffering a seizure near to St Cuthbert’s Cave in North Northumberland. The Ambulance Paramedics were unable to access the site by vehicle and requested our support to stretcher the casualty off the hill.
We along with North of Tyne MRT responded with one vehicle. We also requested support from the Border Search & Rescue Unit given the incident was in the northern part of our operational area.
Whilst en-route we were stood down as the Great North Air Ambulance was able to land on near to the casualty.
A total of 7 members were involved for 40 minutes.
Tuesday 12 April, 17.40hrs
After the busy start to the year, we have had a quiet period for incidents. This ended yesterday when the North East Ambulance Service requested our assistance to recover a body from a difficult to access location in the Derwent Valley. Along with North of Tyne MRT, the Ambulance Service and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, we dealt with the unfortunate incident.
A total of 13 Team members were involved for 3 hours.
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 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.
Sunday 7 February 2016, 14.24hrs
The Team was called to assist the North East Ambulance Service with the evacuation of a male walker in his 50s. The walker had sustained a serious lower leg injury on Hadrian’s Wall above Hotbank Crags.
Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, Team members carried and sledged the injured walker off the hill on a Bell stretcher to the crewed Ambulance at Hotbank Farm.
We hope the walker makes a full and swift recovery, and is out on the hills again very soon.
A total of 13 members were involved for 3 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!