Whilst over half the Team were in the Cairngorms winter training, the remaining few were requested to assist with an ongoing search in North Yorkshire. Alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and other MRTs in the North East region we provided additional resources to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team.
Sadly a body was located by one of the search groups. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the missing person.
The incident involved six members for 4 hours 30 minutes.
A big thank you to all of our supporters who helped raise £3,500 for new equipment for our Level 2 Water First Responders, Level 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technicians and Level 5 Water & Flood Incident Managers.
We would also like to thank Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team who very generously donated Personal Flotation Devices and other equipment which was surplus to their requirements. Their donation has enabled us to distribute kit to individual Team members as well as to retain a number of sets on our vehicles.
A fun afternoon was spent sorting out all the kit!
Further funds are required for additional dry suits and training for more Team members. It costs nearly £1,000 to train and equip one Team member ready for the next flood event in our operational area.
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Date: Saturday 21 January 2017
Location: Clay Bank, North Yorkshire Moors
In the early hours of yesterday morning, our Search and Rescue Dog handler was called to assist Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team. The search involving MRTs and search dogs from across North Yorkshire and the North East resulted in a positive outcome.
The incident involved two Team members for 6 hours 30 minutes.
Date: 13 January 2017
Earlier today the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were requested by Northumbria Police to assist in a search for a missing 63 year old male in the Haltwhistle area. The male had left home sometime after 01.00hrs and due to the weather conditions, the Police were concerned for his welfare.
As our Incident Officer was travelling to liaise with the Police Search Adviser, NPAS Newcastle – the Police helicopter – located the body of the missing male. A sad outcome for all concerned and our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.
The incident involved two Team members, with a further eight on standby, for 1 hour.
Northumbria Police requested North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves this afternoon to provide technical rope rescue skills in order to recovery a body from the foot of the cliffs near Berwick. As the Team’s Incident Officer was responding to the activation by the Police, we were informed that the Coastguard and RNLI were able to deal with the situation.
Our thoughts are with the deceased person’s families and friends at this difficult time.
The incident involved two members for five minutes.
The busy period for our volunteers in the run up to Christmas continues. Late yesterday night the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were requested by Northumbria Police to assist in a search for a high risk missing person. The 15 year old male was last seen earlier in the day.
As our overhead team was being briefed by the Police Search Adviser, the missing male was located safe and well outside of the immediate area. A swift and positive outcome.
The incident involved three Team members for 36 minutes. A further 15 members were on standby.
A lone male became unwell whilst walking in the Cheviot Hills this morning. Information received from the Police suggested the walker was in and out of consciousness. At this stage the exact location of the walker was unknown although indications were that he was on Hedgehope Hill.
The Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team deployed immediately to rendezvous in the Harthope valley. SARLOC, the location App, was used successfully and the walker’s location was identified as being between Hedgehope and Long Crag. With this information, one of our Landrovers was re-directed to access the casualty’s location from Threestoneburn Wood whilst Team members headed up from the Harthope valley.
Given the seriousness of the situation, air support was also requested by our Incident Controller. A MCA helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 999, was tasked to the incident and arrived on scene within 50 minutes.
Team members and a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic were transported up to the casualty’s location by the local farmer from Langleeford using his quad and trailer. The farmer’s support was very much appreciated.
Once the casualty had been assessed by the Paramedic from Rescue 999, Team members assisted the crew in carrying the stretcher to the awaiting S92 helicopter. The casualty was then flown to the RVI in Newcastle for further treatment.
The Team would also like to thank the passing walker who came across the casualty and provided immediate care before the emergency services arrived. The walker’s actions certainly helped to save a life.
Yesterday afternoon the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded to a request from Northumbria Police to assist in the search for a missing male from the Morpeth area. The male in his early 50s had been missing since Monday.
The search in and around a wooded area in North Northumberland led to a body being located. A sad end for all concerned.
Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.
The incident involved 20 Team members and one Search Dog for 6 hours 30 minutes.