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Incident No: 11 2017

Date: 7 March 2017
Time: 14.51hrs
Location: Harthope Valley, near Wooler

Mid-afternoon yesterday the Team and North of Tyne MRT were requested by Northumbria Police to assist with the rescue of a female walker. The female had fallen and sustained a lower arm injury. The exact location was unknown but was believed to be on the footpath between Langleeford Farm and Scotsman Knowe.

The female’s husband raised the alarm having walked downstream to the nearest inhabited farmhouse at Langleeford.

Two Landrover ambulances were swiftly despatched whilst our Incident Officer travelled directly to the scene. Thankfully enroute the Teams were notified that a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic from Wooler had been able to access the female’s location just upstream of Langleeford Hope. The Paramedic was able to walk the casualty back to their vehicle and the Teams were stood down.

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The incident involved 11 Team members for 1 hour.

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Incident No: 10 2017

Date: 2 March 2017
Time: 18.45hrs
Location: Border Ridge

At 18.30hrs yesterday Police Scotland requested the assistance of Border Search & Rescue Unit to locate two Danish walkers on the Border Ridge. The walkers were believed to be between Auchope Cairn and Windy Gyle.

The teams south of the border – North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves – were alerted by BSARU. One of our controller group sent a SARLOC message to the walkers. Thankfully this time it worked – the poor mobile reception in the area affects whether the system works.

Armed with the exact location it was agreed to despatch a group from the north side of the border to locate and evacuate the walkers. The walkers were swiftly located and walked off the hill to a waiting ATV. They were cold, but otherwise no worse for their ordeal.

As you’ll see from the SARLOC fix below the walkers weren’t too far away from the location of the 10 walkers involved in Incident No.8.

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The incident involved 4 Team members for 2 hours 30 minutes.

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Incident No: 09 2017

Date: 19 February 2017
Time:15.45hrs
Location: Cheviot
The Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were activated by Northumbria Police this afternoon for two walkers who had become disorientated in low cloud around the area of Cheviot.

As Team members were travelling to the area it was possible for an Incident Officer to speak to the walkers on their mobile phone. As the walkers dropped below the cloud they were able to send a photo of what they could see. From this it was ascertained they were in the upper part of the Hartope Burn. Two Team members were dispatched to meet the walkers as they descended to escort them off the hill and for onward transport to their own car.

Incident lasted 2 hours 37 minutes and involved 18 Team members

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Incident No: 08 2017

Date: 12 February 2017
Time:15.02hrs
Location: Windy Gyle

The Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were activated by Northumbria Police yesterday afternoon. Initial reports indicated that 10 walkers and 2 dogs were stranded on Windy Gyle and two of the group were suffering from hypothermia.

Local Team members were deployed immediately to head up onto Windy Gyle. Additional members and resources from were also deployed along with a request for support from north of the Border. Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Border Search & Rescue Unit duly responded.

As members were nearing summit of Windy Gyle, further information suggested the walkers had headed east to try to locate some shelter. After 3.5 hours in challenging winter conditions the group of walkers were located. Team members had to wade through three to four foot snow drifts, sometimes even crawl, to reach the walkers’ location.

All the walkers were suffering from the effects of cold, with three requiring more urgent treatment and evacuation. A Doctor from TVMRT and a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic (and MR Team member) assessed all of the walkers. A Coastguard helicopter was requested and Rescue 999 from Prestwick made a valiant effort almost reaching the walkers’ location. Cloud on the tops and drifting snow, however, prevented further progress.

The back up plan was for the farmer from Rowhope in his tracked vehicle to transport the casualties requiring immediate evacuation down to the valley and for the remaining members of the group to be walked off by MR members. The plan was duly put into practice.

The walkers and Team members were all safely off the hill by 00.11hrs, Monday morning. A number were taken direct to hospital after a further assessment by the North East Ambulance Service and we hope they make a swift recovery from their ordeal.

Our Team Leader, Iain Nixon, said “I would thank all the agencies involved and in particular praise the efforts of the farmer from Rowhope, without whose assistance the rescue would have taken much longer. The collective efforts of all involved ensured a successful outcome.”

Tweed Valley MRT were also assisted by the farmer from Cocklawfoot with another ATV.

The incident involved 64 Mountain Rescue Team members from both sides of the Border for 10 hours 20 minutes.

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Casualty site on the NW corner of Hazely Law wood
Trackers of hill parties approaching from the South and North
Trackers of hill parties approaching from the South and North
Loading the first casualties in the ATV
Loading the first casualties in the ATV
Last Team members and kit making their way off the hill
Last Team members and kit making their way off the hill

 

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Incident No: 07 2017

Date: Friday 10 February 2017
Time: 09.53hrs
Location: Keswick, Cumbria

On Friday the Team’s search dog and handler were put on standby by Keswick Mountain Rescue Team to assist in an ongoing search on Saturday. As the day progressed new information resulted in the Lake District MRTs being stood down.

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Incident No: 06 2017

Date: 09 February 2017
Time: 00.45hrs
Location: Westerhope

The Team was alerted in the early hours of this morning by Northumbria Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable male in his early 90s from the Westerhope area of Newcastle. He had been last seen at 12.30pm yesterday leaving his house by a neighbour.

Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, we coordinated an initial limited response. Our search and rescue dog and handler, and one search group were to focus on high priority wooded areas and linear routes. The groups were to work alongside a Police cadaver dog and other resources on the ground. The Police helicopter had already overflown the area.

As the search groups were being deployed the misper was thankfully found, safe and well, in the centre of Newcastle.

The incident involved 7 Team members for 3 hours 30 minutes.

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Incident No: 05 2017

Date: Saturday 4 February 2017
Time: 09.00hrs
Location: Arden Hall, Hawnby

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.

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***Incident No: 03 2017***

Date: 13 January 2017
Time: 11.45hrs
Location: Haltwhistle

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.

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***Incident 002 2017***

Incident No: 02
Date: 11 January 2017
Time: 14:19hrs
Location: Berwick

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.

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*** Incident No.68 ***

Tuesday 20 December 2016, 21.59hrs

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.

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