Date: 10 July 2017
Time: 10.39 hrs
Location: Keswick area, Cumbria
Northumbria Police contacted North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves for advice yesterday morning. They were concerned for the wellbeing of a vulnerable male, who was potentially in Cumbria.
Using SARLOC, a smartphone location app, and MX SARMAN’s location tool, our Duty Controller was able to confirm the missing male was indeed outside of our operational area in Cumbria. With further information from our Duty Controller, the Police Search Adviser was able to ensure the vulnerable male was returned home to his family, safe and well.
The incident involved two Team members for 2 hours 50 minutes.
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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.
The incident involved 12 members and 11 members from BSARU for 2 hours 30 minutes.
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Date: 30 June 2017
Location: Bell Crags, near Stonehaugh
A relaxing Friday night was briefly disturbed by a request from Northumbria Police to assist in locating two young female walkers. They were reported lost in the Wark Forest area near to Bell Crag.
As the control team from North of Tyne MRT and ourselves were responding the news came through that the young females had been located by the group’s organiser. They were safe and well.
A short lived incident with a good outcome.
A total of 6 members were involved for 16 minutes.
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Date: 17 June 2017
Location: Pennine Way, near Windy Gyle
On Saturday early evening, Border Search & Rescue Unit alerted the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team to an incident on the Pennine Way.
A group of 10 walkers had set off earlier in the day from near to Wooler to cover a route of over 20 miles as part of a fundraising effort for charity. The group had split in two during the day and two walkers in one group of five were suffering from dehydration and exhaustion.
As the walkers were technically in our operational area and given the nature of their condition, our Incident Officer agreed with Border Search & Rescue Unit that they would deploy members from the north to the Border ridge. The two walkers and the other three in the group were eventually reunited at Cocklawfoot where the Scottish Ambulance Service assessed the two casualties.
Our Incident Officer provided remote support to the incident and liaised with Northumbria Police to determine whether the other five walkers had safely made it off the hill. A hasty team also stood by in case additional support was required.
All members of the group were confirmed to be safely off the hill at 22.27hrs.
The incident involved 4 Team members for 2 hours 13 minutes.
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Date: 9 June 2017
A walker in their late 50s reported themselves lost on a circular walk from Ingram. Once Northumbria Police had confirmed the location of the walker’s car, one of our controllers was despatched to liaise with the Police in Ingram.
Unfortunately at this North of Tyne MRT and ourselves had very little to go on – no intended route or no last known point other than Ingram car park! A SARLOC text message was sent to the walker’s mobile and our Incident Officer tried unsuccessfully to contact the walker on his mobile.
Given we were unable to contact the walker, we assumed he must be dropping into a valley… and low and behold after half an hour, a message came through from the Police to say the walker had safely found their own way off the hill.
The incident involved 4 Team members for 45 minutes.
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Date: 04 June 2017
Location: Kyloe Woods
A young male on a day trip to the Kyloe Woods area was reported missing by his care worker. The young male had been last seen a couple of hours beforehand.
North of Tyne MRT and ourselves were requested by Northumbria Police to assist in the search for the vulnerable individual. Following further information from Police Search Adviser it was agreed that we would not deploy at that stage and would review the situation later in the afternoon.
The young male returned safe and well just over an hour after the initial activation. A good outcome for all concerned.
The incident involved 4 Team members for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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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.
We wish the casualty a swift and full recovery.
The incident involved 16 Team members for 4 hours.
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Date: 12 May 2017
Location: Cold Law, Cheviot Hills
A male walker in his late 60s was reported lost in thick mist in The Cheviot Hills yesterday evening. Northumbria Police swiftly requested our and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team’s assistance.
Having received details from the Police, our Incident Officer sent a SARLOC message to the walker’s phone. Unfortunately this failed. Thankfully the Incident Officer was able to speak to the walker on his mobile and from the information provided was able to identify a likely location.
The walker who was well equipped was asked to remain at his location whilst the Teams’ 4x4s were deployed to search the prioritised routes. The rest of the Team members were place on standby.
Shortly before 20.00hrs the walker was located to the north of Cold Law above the Harthope valley. He was tired and a bit cold but otherwise okay. He was transported to Wooler, his intended finishing point having started from Kirk Yetholm earlier in the day.
He had walked along the Pennine Way to The Cheviot, descended to Scald Hill and the over to Broadhope Hill before becoming disoriented in the thick mist. A big day out even without the ordeal at the end.
A good result!
The incident involved 11 Team members for 2 hours 20 minutes.
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Date: 2 May 2017
After a quiet few weeks, Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance in a search for a 11 year old boy who had gone missing from the Kingswood educational centre near to Hexham. North of Tyne MRT and ourselves responded with our overhead team liaising with the Police to prepare a search strategy and plan, whilst members travelled to the RV.
As the first search areas near to the grounds of the centre were being completed, news came in that the missing boy had been found in the centre of Hexham. Team Leader, Iain Nixon, commented “We are pleased that Callum Davidson was found safe and well, and the MRTs would like to thank the members of public who offered their assistance in the search for Callum.”
Our highly trained searchers and three air scenting search dogs worked alongside Northumbria Police officers, the National Police Air Support Unit and Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service. The Fire Service had provided access to their thermal imaging cameras. A great multi agency response leading to a successful outcome.
The incident involved 35 Team members for 3.5 hours.
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Date: 9 April 2017
The Team along with North of Tyne MRT were called last night as part of a multi-agency response to search for a missing 66 year old woman from Gateshead.
The missing woman’s car had been found in the Newburn area and the Team were asked to search woodland, parkland, tracks and the river bank in the area. Nothing was found and Police are continuing investigations.
The incident involved 15 members for 3 hours.
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