Date: 16 October 2017
On Monday morning North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves deployed to assist Northumbria Police in the ongoing search for Damion Willcock from Whittingham. Damion was last seen by his family at 10.00am on Sunday.
In conjunction with the Police Search Adviser, our Incident Officer devised a search plan which was implemented and reviewed over the two days of the search. Working alongside Northumbria Police officers, a body was sadly located on day two of the search, in one of the prioritised wooded areas.
Our thoughts are with Damion’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
The incident involved 20 Team members and two search dogs for 9 hours and 45 minutes on day one, and 19 members and one search dog on day two for 7 hours.
Date: 16 October 2017
Location: Auchope Shelter, Pennine Way
As one of our incident controllers was liaising with Northumbria Police regarding incident number 51, more details to follow, a second request for support came in. This time for an injured female walker who had spent the night in the Auchope Mountain Refuge Hut. The female had been walking the Pennine Way and on descending from Auchope Cairn on Sunday had damaged her ankle. Being well equipped she decided to spend the night in the shelter before trying to finish her journey the following day.
Unfortunately with the prevailing weather and the state of her ankle, the walker rightly requested help from Mountain Rescue. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded from the College Valley and Border Search & Rescue Unit from Sourhope Farm on the Scottish side of the border. We were assisted by the College Valley Estates, once again, with the use of one of their ATVs.
The walker was ultimately evacuated down to Sourhope Farm by the Border’s team.
Having got so close to completing the Pennine Way, we hope the female makes a swift recovery and returns to complete the last few miles.
The incident involved 18 Team members for 2 hours 20 minutes.
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Date: 2 October 2017
Location: Hexham area
Earlier in the week members of our joint controller group with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded to a request for support from Northumbria Police to help locate a vulnerable female. SARLOC – the text based location App – was used but unfortunately the female did not respond to the text. The female was, however, located shortly afterwards by Police Officers in a field close to her home address.
The incident involved 4 members for 1 hour 10 minutes.
Date: 28 September 2017
We received a SARCALL activation from Northumbria Police at 19.59 hrs to assist with a search for a vulnerable female in her early 70s who was last seen by her husband in a supermarket carpark in Hexham.
The Police already had officers on the ground searching and had called in the National Police Air Support Unit to assist.
The Team and North of Tyne MRT were placed on standby and drivers were arranged whilst our controller liaised with the Police to gain more information to aid deployment.
Whilst we were talking to the Police control room, the good news came through that the female had been located safe and well.
The teams were stood down and normal family life resumed!
The incident involved three members for 30 minutes.
Earlier in the week four members from our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team went to Hitachi Construction Machinery to receive a £2,000 donation.
Following a fundraising appeal over the last few months, both Teams are now celebrating having reached their collective fundraising target of £32,000 thanks to the Hebburn-based business, that now allows us to purchase a new digital radio system.
As charities, all #MountainRescueTeams rely heavily on support from the public and local businesses. As a Team we have also received other generous donations towards the new digital radio system, including £12,500 from The Henfrey Trust. The remaining money was raised thanks to contributions from members of the public and supporters of the Mountain Rescue through our Justgiving campaign.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us to raise the funds needed.
Last night our training session focused on ‘driving to arrive’. With an increasing number of rescue incidents it is more important than ever before that our members do not put themselves or others at risk when responding to an incident. Delivered by an ex-traffic Police Officer and Police driver trainer, the session provided hints and tips to ensure we safely arrive at the RVP. They included the IPSGA and COAST acronyms. Great session with much valuable learning.
Date: 24 September 2017
In the early hours of this morning Northumbria Police requested our support in locating a high risk missing person in the Seahouses and Beadnell area of Northumberland. Given the information available, deploying the Team and North of Tyne MRT was not required. Instead, the Duty Controller assisted by liaising with the Police Search Adviser and sending a SARLOC to the misper’s phone before monitoring for a response.
The National Police Air Support unit was utilised and Police Officers provided ground support. The misper was located 45 minutes later.
Back to bed by 4.00am!!
The incident involved two members for 45 minutes.
Persons reported struggling in the River Wansbeck. A group of young males and females had been drinking all day in Morpeth and after leaving one of the pubs, thought it would be a good idea to take two of the rowing boats, which had been locked up for the night, out onto the river. An eye witness reported seeing the group capsize both of the boats.
That was the scenario which faced a multi-agency response last night. Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, the Coastguard and Mountain Rescue were involved in agreeing and implementing an effective search plan to locate the missing persons. Swiftwater and bankside teams, all in appropriate PPE, a Mountain Rescue search dog team were swiftly deployed by the three agencies, and all the casualties were located, treated and evacuated within an hour and a half.
Date: 10 September 2017
Location: North Tyne Valley
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Northumbria Police requested assistance in an ongoing search for a missing female in the North Tyne valley. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded with Incident Controllers liaising with the Police Search Adviser to agree a search plan.
The Teams were called out soon after and deployed to search paths, tracks and wooded areas near to the missing person’s point last seen. Assistance was also requested from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team to search the banks of the nearby rivers as we had a limited number of water trained members available.
Nearly six hours later the missing female was located by one of our search groups, safe and well, and was soon reunited with her family. A good outcome for all concerned.
The incident involved 25 members for 6 hours 30 minutes.
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Date: 2 September 2017
Location: Drake Stone, Harbottle
As the first pint was being drunk after the Cotswold Outdoor sponsored #Cheviot2017 Challenge, Northumbria Police activated North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves for a re-run of a rescue we performed at a similar time last year.
A 11 year old boy became crag fast after climbing to the top of the Drake Stone. Thankfully the RV was just down the valley from Rose & Thistle at Alwinton and we were swiftly on scene.
After two members climbed to the top of the Stone, a technical rope rescue system was used to lower one of the Team members and the boy safely to the ground.
We think he really enjoyed the ride!
After clearing the incident site, sorting the kit and a quick ‘hot debrief’ it was back to the pub for a well earned drink and barbecue. All in a day’s work!
The incident involved 15 Team members for 1 hour 30 minutes. Another 10 members looked after our pints at the bar!!
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