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!
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.
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.
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.
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.