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*** Incident No.1 *** 2016

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.

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*** Incident No.56 ***

No sooner had two of our incident controllers returned from day 3 of the search for Sally Allan in Darras Hall, one of them took a call from Northumbria Police for an overdue walker. A walker in their 50s had been reported overdue in the Harthope Valley of The Cheviots by another walker who had spoken to the father of the overdue walker. The father was waiting in a car for his son’s return.

The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was immediately put on standby whilst two of our controllers travelled to Langleeford Farm near Wooler to liaise with the Police. Having approached the valley from the north and south it was apparent that the overdue walker’s car was no longer in the area.

The well intentioned 999 call led to a swift response from the Police and Mountain Rescue. It looks as if the walker albeit overdue had returned to his car and is now making his way home with his father.

The incident involved 3 members for 1 hour.

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*** Incident No.55 ***

At 18.00hrs yesterday, whilst North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were assisting the Police with the search for Sally Allan, one of our incident controllers coordinated a limited response to an overdue and lost walker in the Simonside Hills. Having spoken to the walker, our incident controller was able to pinpoint his location. With great support from a local farmer, the walker was swiftly located and transported back to his vehicle. This left the Team to concentrate on the Darras Hall search.

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*** Incident No.54 ***

The busy Christmas period for the Team continues with the search for Sally Allan from Darras Hall. The Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by Northumbria Police at 15.45hrs on Boxing Day to assist in the search for Sally. The search will continue today with assistance from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team.

Day one involved 22 Team members and one Mountain Rescue search dog for 7 hours.

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*** Incident No.51 ***

At 12.30pm today the Team was requested by the North East Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a 13 year climber. The young climber was with a school group when they sustained a lower leg injury.

The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded to the incident at East Woodburn crag and evacuated the casualty on a stretcher to the waiting crewed Ambulance on the nearby road.

12 Team members were involved for 1.5 hours.

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*** Incident No.44 ***

Having just finished providing the rescue cover for the fell race at the Alwinton Border Shepherds’ Show, the Team was called by the North East Ambulance Service for an injured walker in the Hedgehope area. A vehicle and team members were mobilised quickly, along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team.

One of our incident controllers spoke to the party on the hill and determined that they were most likely on Coldlaw Cairn. The casualty and two companions were located at 17.30hrs.

The casualty’s two companions were walked off the hill down the Harthope Valley by a Team member, whilst the casualty with a suspected dislocated shoulder was walked to Coomb Fell to help him warm up. From there a three hour stretcher evacuation ensued in the dark. After crossing many peat hags and crossing the river, we were able to evacuate the casualty down the path to Langleeford Hope. From here the casualty was transported in our 4×4 ambulance to the road head where he was transferred to crewed ambulance.

The incident involved 18 team members for 8 hours

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*** Incident No.43 ***

Earlier this afternoon the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were requested by the North East Ambulance Service to attend an individual who had collapsed in the Yetlington area of Northumberland. Due to the conditions the helicopter was unable to fly. Consequently a vehicle, Team members and a Team Doctor were mobilised quickly.

Notwithstanding the efforts of the Paramedics and Team members, the 50 year old male died. The man was on a shoot when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.

The incident involved 14 Team members for 2 hours.

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*** Incident No.41 ***

At just before 11.00hrs today, Northumbria Police requested mountain rescues assistance in the search for Lloyd Neale in the Morpeth area. Ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were involved, alongside the swiftwater team from Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service.

Whilst the terrain wasn’t hilly the undergrowth made for some challenging searching. The search has been stood down for this evening whilst the Police undertake further investigations.

The incident involved 23 members for 8 hours.

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*** Incident No.40 ***

At 18.40hrs the Team was requested by Northumbria Police to assist in a search for 77 year old suffering from dementia in the Berwick area. The person had left home to go for a walk around mid-afternoon and had not returned. Whilst incident controllers from our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were travelling to the RV, the missing person was located safe and well.

The incident involved four members for 20 minutes.

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*** Incident No.39 ***

The Team was placed on standby this afternoon for a 15 year with a lower leg injury near to Prudhoe. After 20 minutes the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were stood down; the North East Ambulance Service confirmed they could handle the incident.

Back to enjoying the weekend!