For the last 24hrs the Team’s water trained members have been on standby to respond to the predicted flood events across the North East and North Yorkshire. The Team was in a ‘state of readiness’ to respond to flood events where there was a risk to life as far south as Swaledale MRT’s area.
Throughout this period our Water Incident Managers monitored the situation in North Yorkshire as well as Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. Thankfully other than very localised flooding there was minimal risk to properties and Team members were not deployed.
A total of 16 Team members were on standby
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
On Saturday evening the Team assisted the Scouting Association with two participants involved in Operation Twilight. One participant had suffered an asthma attack and the other participant was mildly hypothermic. Both were evacuated in the Team’s Landrover ambulances.
Operation Twilight involves groups of Scouts and Explorers navigating between two points and trying to evade capture. The groups were navigating across South East Northumberland to the finish in Ashington.
The incident involved 3 Team members for 1.5 hours.
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.
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.
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.
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!
At 1.30pm this afternoon the Team was activated through the joint calling mechanism with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue assistance for a search in Chopwell Woods; a young boy with autism had been missing for an hour. Thankfully as one of our Incidents Controllers was speaking to the Police, the boy was found safe and well by his carer. A good outcome for all concerned.
The incident involved one Team member for three minutes!
At just before 4.30pm, the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were activated by Northumbria Police. A 63 year old male had become lost on Blanchland Moor whilst he was out for a walk. One of our Incident Controllers spoke to the man to try to ascertain a more precise location. Whilst MR vehicles travelled to the area, the Police air support – NPAS 33 – were tasked to search the area around Embley Fell. The walker, who by this stage was mildly hypothermic, was quickly located and evacuated by helicopter to the nearest road. The Mountain Rescue team members on scene warmed up the walker and transported him back to his car at Blanchland.
The incident involved four members and lasted 3 hours.
At 19.15hrs the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was called to assist two mountain bikers who had become disoriented in a wood to the South East of Brough Law in the Breamish Valley.
As the Teams and Northumbria Police officers arrived at Bulby’s Wood car park they could hear shouts up on the hill. Due to the fading light the blue lights were used to guide the two mountain bikers down to our location.
They were tired and rather shaken, with a few scratches from the undergrowth in the wood they had ‘ploughed’ through! All is well that ends well.
The incident lasted 1 hour and involved 5 Team members