The Team was put on standby earlier this afternoon for an injured mountain biker at Kielder. The mountain biker had injured their shoulder having come off one of the downhill trails below Deadwater Fell. Given the mountain biker’s location and nature of their injuries, Forestry Commission staff were able to assist the Paramedic to evacuate the biker to the ambulance. A total of 15 members from North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were available to respond should we have been needed.
At 11.55hrs one of our Incident Controllers received a call from the North East Ambulance Service. A horse rider had fallen off their horse near to Newton on the Moor. The rider, who was going in and out of consciousness, was in a difficult to access location on farmland. Due to the prevailing conditions – strong winds, heavy rain – ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were requested to assist. Before the Teams deployed, the Air Ambulance was able to land near to the casualty and evacuate them. We hope the rider was not too seriously injured and makes a swift recovery.
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team has just stood down from an incident near to Hethpool. The North East Ambulance Service requested the assistance of both MRTs to evacuate an injured walker on the St Cuthbert’s Way. The walker had a suspected fractured leg. Whilst travelling to the scene, the Ambulance Service informed the Teams that a farmer in a 4×4 had helped to transport the walker to the awaiting ambulance.
At 11.30hrs today, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were called to assist a female walker who had collapsed just below The Beacon on the Simonside Ridge. The Teams along with a NEAS Community Paramedic treated the walker and evacuated her on a stretcher to the Lordenshaws car park, before being taken to the new hospital at Cramlington. We would like to say a big thank you to the passing walker who found the unconscious casualty and called the emergencies services.
At just before 4.00pm today, the North East Ambulance Service requested the Team’s assistance in locating and evacuating a walker with an injured ankle. The location provided by the walker’s partner was approximate; they were believed to be near to Chesters, a remote uninhabited farmhouse to the south of the Breamish Valley. The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded immediately. A Mountain Rescue Landrover 4×4 Ambulance with two members onboard located the walker 400m to the east of Chesters. Casualty care was administered and the walker’s injured ankle immobilised before he was transported off the hill by the community Paramedic, who also happens to be a Team member, to an awaiting Ambulance. The busy period continues…
Earlier this afternoon the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called out to evacuate a female walker from near to Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall. The walker has sustained a suspected dislocated knee. As the Teams were travelling to Steel Rigg, a French nurse, who happened to be walking in the area, came across the walker. The nurse immobilised the walker’s leg and assisted the walker back to the car park – it is really pleasing to see such acts of kindness. Mountain Rescue personnel then assessed the casualty before transporting her down to Once Brewed and onto Hexham Hospital.
At 20.25hrs the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was requested to assist in locating two walkers who had become disoriented between Tosson Hill and Simonside. From the description of their location, two Team members in a 4×4 and a Police 4×4 were deployed to drive the forest track through to Harwood Forest. The walkers were quickly located safe and well, but exhausted, having walked for 8.5 hours. The incident was successfully all over in less than 30 minutes!
Just before midnight on Friday, the Team was put on standby by Swaledale MRT for a search for a high risk missing person near Leyburn. As we were providing rescue cover for the Trail Outlaw’s St Cuthbert’s Way Ultra on Saturday, we were unable to provide any resources for the ‘out of area’ search. Thankfully the missing person was found safe at 3.00am on Saturday morning before the Team would have been deployed.
In this our 50th year we are going all out to try to raise £50,000. The funds raised as part of our “50 for 50” campaign will help us to convert a recently donated trailer into a new mobile control/command unit (£25k), purchase new communications technology such as digital high band radios (£20k) and invest in additional equipment including dry suits and personal flotation devices to ensure the safety of our Team members when working around water (£5k).
As a charitable organisation, run by volunteers, we are reliant on the generosity of the general public to fund the life saving, emergency service we provide. Donations, no matter how small or large, towards our £50k target would be gratefully received.
If you are able to help us… please donate through our Just Giving page, https://www.justgiving.com/nnpmrt/.
The Team is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Following a tragic incident involving two shepherds near Ewartly Shank, a number of voluntary wardens from the Northumberland National Park formed the Mountain Rescue Team in 1965. Since that time the Team has been providing a life saving, emergency service.
To mark our 50th Anniversary we will be launching our “50 for 50” fund-raising campaign. More details to follow.