Last night we made the most of the sunshine in Northumberland. A joint training exercise with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was held at East Woodburn Crag. An opportunity to see another part of operational area while practising technical rope rescue skills. A good night was had by all.
In the early hours of this morning the Team was asked to respond to a search in the Crawcrook area for a 71 year old man suffering from dementia, who was missing from home. As one of our Incident Controllers was speaking to the Police, the missing person was thankfully located, safe and well.
This meant that our members and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team‘s members could have an undisturbed night’s sleep!
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team has just stood down from a search for a missing walker in the Wark Forest area. The walker who had left Bellingham earlier in the day had intended to follow the Pennine Way towards Once Brewed. He rang the Police at 16.30hrs to say he was disorientated and didn’t know where he was.
As the Teams’ Search & Rescue Dogs were being deployed, a farmer contacted the Police to say the walker had turned up at his farm. He had walked almost in a full circle and was heading back towards Bellingham, albeit unintentionally!
Having stood down from the Consett incident, the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was called to a fallen climber at Shaftoe Crags near Bolam Lake. The casualty was stabilised by Team member, who is also a NEAS Paramedic, before being carried to the helicopter from RAF Boulmer. All being well the climber will make a full recovery after an examination at the RVI, Newcastle.
Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service and the North East Ambulance Service was also involved.
The Team is responding to a request from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team to assist in the search for a vulnerable 81 year old male in the Consett area. TWSMRT have been out all night and our Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team are providing additional and much needed resources today.
The Team was called to assist the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) earlier today following a road traffic accident on the outskirts of Powburn. First on scene was one of our Team members, a NEAS Paramedic who requested Mountain Rescue’s support due to the difficult to access location.
North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded to the incident, alongside the Ambulance Service, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service and Northumbria Police.
Details of the incident are provided in the article below.
The Team has just stood down from a search for a missing cyclist. The cyclist split from the rest of his group at Kershope Bridge in Scotland, late afternoon yesterday, and failed to turn up at their overnight accommodation near to Falstone. As Team members were travelling to the RV, one of our Team vehicle was deployed to search towards Kielder from the overnight accommodation. The cyclist was located near to Tower Knowe Information Centre; he was tired, mildly hypothermic but otherwise fine.
A good result involving ourselves, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and Tweed Valley MRT. Mountain Rescue working together cross the Border!
Tomorrow will see a number of Team members and trainees helping out North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team with their annual fundraiser, The Alwinton Round. Looks like it is going to be a bit of a blowy day on the tops!
*** Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team ***
Earlier this afternoon the Team was called to assist the North East Ambulance Service. Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team, we assisted with the extraction of a body from beneath a viaduct, near Hamsterley Mill. Our thoughts go out to the deceased’s family and friends.