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.
Today we had the opportunity to thank Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) for their generous grant towards the cost of our new satellite Broadband system. Accessing the Internet wherever we are is increasingly important – we need the Internet to view the incident log on SARCALL, to use tools such as SARLOC to help locate lost walkers, to track search groups on the hill and to access up-to-date weather forecasts etc.
Pictured either side of our Team Leader are Tony Gates, Chief Executive (NNPA) and Cllr Glen Sanderson, the new Chairman of the Authority.
The Team has just returned from evacuating an injured runner who was competing in the Hadrian’s Wall Half Marathon. Six miles in the runner had fallen badly and sustained a suspected lower arm fracture. He was given pain relief by the Team’s medic before being evacuated by Land Rover to an ambulance.
Many thanks to High Fell Events and all of the riders who entered the Clennell Colossus mountain bike event. Well done all!
Well done all you Colossus riders who set out to tackle that crazy ride. You have managed to raise £270 which has been donated to Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team. A worthy cause if ever there was one.
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.
Just another thing we get up to in our spare time… a great evening had by all.
The light summer evenings has facilitated a visit to 1156Sqn this week from the Northumberland MRT. The cadets were shown round their vehicle and received instruction in some of their emergency equipment, culminating in a rescue scenario where one of the cadets played the part of a casualty and was evacuated to the ambulance by members of the MRT assisted by the other cadets. Many thanks to the volunteers from the team for their excellent evening and for all the work they do helping to keep the outdoors safer.