SARLOC – the location App – was used by our Duty Controller and the Teams were on standby in case our assistance was required. Soon after the NEAS Hazardous Area Response Team located the casualty and determined they could deal with the situation.
The incident involved 4 Team members for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Date: 18 January 2018
With a Met Office Amber warning over Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, and heavy snow falling over most of the area, Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves in the early hours of yesterday morning. Drivers, navigators and medics were swiftly allocated and made their way to the Teams’ bases at West Denton and Pegswood Fire Stations.
Soon after the North East Ambulance Service also requested our assistance and one 4×4 with a driver and Team medic on board was despatched to transfer a patient to the RVI.
The other four 4x4s, including a Northumberland National Park 4×4 in Rothbury, were then despatched to check the main arterial roads in rural #Northumberland and the main B roads between some of the more highly populated villages. The vehicle trackers show the extent of our travels, checking for stranded motorists and abandoned vehicles.
Whilst driving conditions were very difficult at times and much snow had fallen, conditions started to improve by 06.00hrs. The Teams stood down at 08.30hrs.
The incidents involved 12 Team members for six hours.
Date: 25 November 2017
Location: West Spital Shield Farm
On Saturday afternoon the North East Ambulance Service requested our support in evacuating a teenager who had fallen off her horse near West Spital Shield Farm on Spitalshield Moor. The ambulance crew due to the remote location and icy conditions on the moors were unable to access the casualty.
At the point we were called, the Great North Air Ambulance Service was already enroute. We and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team agreed to remain on standby whilst it was determined whether the air support could access the casualty’s location. Thankfully this was the case and the young female was swiftly transported to hospital and the Team’s stood down.
The incident involved two Team members for 32 minutes.
Date: 18 November 2017
Location: Upper Harthope valley
Mid-afternoon on Saturday a female walker in her early 60s slipped and sustained an injury to her ankle. She had fallen on steep ground, half a kilometre upstream of Harthope Linn. Her companion had to leave her location to raise the alarm due to poor mobile service.
Northumbria Police alerted North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves, and a callout was swiftly initiated. Local Team members were on scene with the casualty at the remote location in just over an hour.
Our Medic was joined by a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic, both of whom administered pain relief to the casualty. Other Team members ferried kit from our vehicles at Langleeford Hope in case a stretcher carry was required.
Due to casualty’s condition and the location, our Incident Officer requested a Coastguard helicopter. The Team would like to thank the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 from Prestwick for their skilful flying and enabling a swifter evacuation of the casualty to hospital in Melrose.
We would also like to pay tribute to the walkers who kept our casualty company whilst we were en-route.
All being well our casualty will make a full and swift recovery. We would like to wish her well.
The incident involved 20 Team members for 5 hours 40 minutes.
Date: 26 August 2017
Location: Housesteads, Hadrian’s Wall
The Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were contacted by Northumbria Police to assist in locating and evacuating a male who was suffering severe chest pains. The request for assist had come initially from the North East Ambulance Service.
The male was located 1/4 mile from Milecastle 37 just to the west of Housesteads. Due to the nature of the male’s condition, helicopter support was requested. The Great North Air Ambulance Service responded and was able to land on near the casualty, before flying them to hospital.
Date: 26 August 2017
Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne and ourselves in locating a high risk female in her early 50s. The female was believed to be in the Prudhoe area of Northumberland.
Our Duty Controller used SARLOC but unfortunately the missing person did not respond to the SMS message. As our Duty Controller was liaising with the Police, we were notified that the female had been found.
The incident involved 2 Team members for 32 minutes.
The North East Ambualance Service requested our assistance, along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, to help extract a female casualty from a difficult to access location along the Hadrians Wall path. The casualty had fallen, sustaining limb and head injuries. She was treated by NEAS before being carried by Mountain Rescue stretcher to a waiting ambulance.
Date: 23 July 2017
Location: Yearning Saddle Refuge
A female walker sustained an upper leg injury late yesterday afternoon and was unable to weight bare. The female, her partner and their two dogs took refuge in the shelter at Yearning Saddle just below Lamb Hill and called the Police and requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance. By this stage the weather conditions on the hill had deteriorated with heavy rain and low visibility.
North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded immediately, with local members heading straight up the Upper Coquet Valley to Blindburn to liaise with Northumbria Police officers. Two Rescue Team vehicles were also deployed. Borders Search & Rescue Unit were alerted in case additional assistance was required.
Once again the shepherd from Blindburn assisted us by skilfully driving up onto the Border Ridge in his 4×4. Conditions were worse than two weeks ago when he last made the same trip but nevertheless we made it!
Our Team Leader and a Paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service were soon at the refuge shelter where the female was assessed and given pain relief before being assisted into the 4×4. Half an hour later we were safely back down at Blindburn and the female casualty was handed over to a NEAS crewed ambulance.
Thanks again to the shepherd from Blindburn who made our job a lot easier yesterday evening. A long carryover beckoned…!
Date: 05 July 2017
Time: 09.00 hrs
Location: Yearning Saddle, near Lamb Hill
The Team was requested to assist with the evacuation of a walker from the mountain refuge shelter at Yearning Saddle just below Lamb Hill by the North East Ambulance Service yesterday morning. The lone walker had spent the night in the shelter and was suffering from severe abdominal pains. Two other walkers who had also spent the night at the shelter raised the alarm.
The Team and North of Tyne MRT responded immediately from the south and Border Search & Rescue Unit were requested to deploy from the north side of the Border ridge. A member of our controller group was swiftly to the RVP at Blindburn and in discussion with our Incident Officer, who was operating remotely, agreed to proceed with a NEAS Community Paramedic to the casualty.
Thankfully the farmers from Blindburn and Fulhope came to our assistance. Whilst our 4x4s we’re still en-route they provided us with the off-road capability required to get us up the hill.
Whilst all of this was happening the NEAS HART with their Polaris was travelling to the RVP and the MCA helicopter from Prestwick had been deployed. At this stage we had no confirmed condition of the casualty.
Twenty minutes are deploying from Blindburn, a Team member and the Paramedic were in-scene with the casualty. After the initial assessment, the walker was safely evacuated from the hill in the farmer’s pick-up. Skilful driving which saved a lot of leg work!
We hope the walker makes a swift and full recovery. We would like to thank all the agencies involved for their swift and coordinated response and pay particular thanks to the farmers who assisted with evacuation. Much appreciated.
Date: 21 May 2017
Location: Great Wanney Crag, near Kirkwhelpington
Just as many Team members were about to have their Sunday dinner, we received a callout for an injured female climber on Great Wanney Crag. The climber had fallen onto a ledge and sustained a suspected fractured ankle.
Northumbria Police requested our assistance at just before 6.00pm and along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team we responded immediately.
Working with the North East Ambulance Service and their HART team, the casualty was treated and her ankle immobilised before we lowered her to the foot of the crag. An awkward stretcher lower over rough, bouldery ground then followed before a 500 metre stretcher carry to the waiting Ambulance. The evacuation took just over 2 hours from arrival on scene.