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Incident No: 27 2017

Date: 13 July 2017
Time: 21.36 hrs
Location: Northern part of operational area

Northumbria Police requested support from North of Tyne MRT and ourselves in locating a high risk missing female. At there was little information on her possible location.

Our Duty Controller used both SARLOC and MX SARMAN’s location tool to try to assist with locating the missing female. Unfortunately both tools require the missing person to click on a weblink embedded in the text message that we send to their phone. On this occasion the missing female did not click on the link.

Thankfully an hour later the female was located safe and well in Berwick.

The incident lasted 1 hour 4 minutes and involved one Team member.

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Incident No: 26 2017

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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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Incident No: 25 2017

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Date: 8 July 2017
Time: 20.33hrs
Location: Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales

A bit out of our operational area… but one of our Team members and MREW Casualty Carers was involved in locating a female walker who had aggravated a knee problem on the Three Peaks challenge event. Having assessed the lady’s condition it was clear that the assistance of the Cave Rescue Organisation would be required.

Our Team member along with others involved in supporting the event, helped the female walker down to Sulber Nick where she was handed over to CRO.

Sorry for disturbing your Saturday evening guys!

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Incident No: 24 2017

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.

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The incident involved 12 members and 11 members from BSARU for 2 hours 30 minutes.

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Incident No: 23 2017

Date: 30 June 2017
Time: 20.49hrs
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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Northumbria Police Marine Unit Joint Training

Today water trained Team members took part in a joint exercise with Northumbria Police Marine Unit. The exercise scenario was based on a search for a fisherman missing at the confluence of the North and South Tyne (Fred the exercise manikin was positioned in the river yesterday in an ‘unknown’ location). The Rescue Team provided technical expertise to enable the dive team and their equipment to be positioned safely in a difficult to access location riverside . The Police Team then briefed our members on how they search and equipment used. An underwater search was conducted in difficult conditions. Thankfully Fred was recovered to the bank and evacuated from the site. A great example of partnership working between emergency services and thanks to Northumbria Police for taking part.

Preparing to lower dive kit to the riverbank.
Making sure we don’t lose anything!
Helping get a diver ready
The search begins.
Fred is recovered from the river bed to the river bank and prepared for evacuation.
Fred is raised to safe ground.
Evacuating to our vehicles.
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Incident No: 22 2017

Date: 25 June 2017
Time: 10.00hrs
Location: Edges Green, nr Hadrian’s Wall

The Hadrian’s Wall Half Marathon was held yesterday in glorious conditions. The Team’s medics dealt with two competitors who had fallen badly during the event. Their wounds were cleaned and dressed.

A total 14 members were involved for 5 hours providing the rescue cover for the event.

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Incident No: 21 2017

Date: 17 June 2017
Time: 18.14hrs
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.

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The incident involved 4 Team members for 2 hours 13 minutes.

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Water Crowfoot Survey & Training

On Friday five Team members headed up the Coquet valley to Shillmoor to assist one of the Northumberland National Park‘s officers with the water crowfoot survey. Our water trained members searched the section of river downstream to Linbriggs, recording sightings of water crowfoot on the way. There were plenty of sightings, a good indicator of how clean the River Coquet is.

A great way to meet our requirements for water CPD training.

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Incident No: 20 2017

Date: 9 June 2017
Time: 12.52hrs
Location: Ingram

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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