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.
Monday 19 December 2016, 11.30hrs
A lone male became unwell whilst walking in the Cheviot Hills this morning. Information received from the Police suggested the walker was in and out of consciousness. At this stage the exact location of the walker was unknown although indications were that he was on Hedgehope Hill.
The Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team deployed immediately to rendezvous in the Harthope valley. SARLOC, the location App, was used successfully and the walker’s location was identified as being between Hedgehope and Long Crag. With this information, one of our Landrovers was re-directed to access the casualty’s location from Threestoneburn Wood whilst Team members headed up from the Harthope valley.
Given the seriousness of the situation, air support was also requested by our Incident Controller. A MCA helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 999, was tasked to the incident and arrived on scene within 50 minutes.
Team members and a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic were transported up to the casualty’s location by the local farmer from Langleeford using his quad and trailer. The farmer’s support was very much appreciated.
Once the casualty had been assessed by the Paramedic from Rescue 999, Team members assisted the crew in carrying the stretcher to the awaiting S92 helicopter. The casualty was then flown to the RVI in Newcastle for further treatment.
The Team would also like to thank the passing walker who came across the casualty and provided immediate care before the emergency services arrived. The walker’s actions certainly helped to save a life.
The incident involved 13 Team members for 2 hours 10 minutes.
Thursday 15 December, 14.37hrs
Yesterday afternoon the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded to a request from Northumbria Police to assist in the search for a missing male from the Morpeth area. The male in his early 50s had been missing since Monday.
The search in and around a wooded area in North Northumberland led to a body being located. A sad end for all concerned.
Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.
The incident involved 20 Team members and one Search Dog for 6 hours 30 minutes.
Saturday 3 December 2016, 17.23hrs
Just as the Team stood down from the Hamsterley Forest incident, Northumbria Police activated the Team and North of Tyne MRT to assist in a search for a high risk missing person. The female in her early 60s had been missing from home in the Boldon Colliery area since late morning.
Three members of our overhead team liaised with Police at South Shields and agreed an initial search plan. As search groups were being deployed, a member of the public reported seeing a person meeting the description of the missing female. The female was located soon after, safe and well, before returning home to her family.
The incident involved 20 Team members for 3 hours 30 minutes.
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Saturday 5 November 2016, 09.00hrs
The Team along with North of Tyne MRT resumed the search in the Crawcrook area. Despite the best efforts of the teams and Northumbria Police, the missing 35 year old was not found.
The male from Crawcrook has been missing since Saturday 22 October.
The incident involved 14 Team members for 7.5 hours.
*** Incident No.63 ***
Thursday 3rd November 2016, 09.00hrs
Northumbria Police yesterday requested assistance from the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team to search for a missing 35 year old Crawcook man missing since October 22nd.
Both Teams spent the day searching difficult and challenging terrain including a large quarry area but with no result.
The incident involved 8 Team members for 9 hours.
In the early hours of this morning the Team alongside North of Tyne MRT was requested by Northumbria Police to assist in a search near to Newcastle. A high risk male in his early 20s had been reported missing.
Whilst the full teams did not need to be deployed, the incident controllers were involved for a couple of hours and stood down when the misper was located by Police resources.
This incident marks another record for the year. The Team has now surpassed the total number of incidents for its record breaking year in 2015.
The incident incident 2 members for 2 hours 21 minutes.
Tuesday 4 October 2016, 21.49hrs
Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne MRT and ourselves in a search for a missing person from Rothbury in Northumberland. The missing person was last seen in Morpeth earlier in the afternoon.
Thankfully as our Incident Controllers were travelling to liaise with the Police Search Adviser, the missing person was located safe and well.
The incident involved 4 Team members for 15 minutes.
Monday 26 September 2016, 10.02hrs
Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service requested the assistance of the Team and North of Tyne MRT on Monday morning. The Team’s assistance was required to evacuate a critically injured male in a ‘difficult to access’ location on the outskirts of Alnwick.
The MRTs were stood down en-route when an alternative evacuation route to the Great North Air Ambulance was found. The incident also involved Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service.
The incident involved 6 Team members for 25 minutes.
Sunday 25 September, 15.58hrs
Earlier this afternoon the Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was activated by Northumbria Police for an experienced female walker who had slipped off the footpath leading into Hareshaw Linn from Bellingham.
The walker had fallen approximately 60 feet and whilst she was initially reported to be uninjured, she was unable to get out of gorge. A local team member, who is also a community Paramedic, was swiftly despatched to assess the situation.
The member was able to identify a safe route out of the gorge and the female was ‘walked out’ to the footpath. On further assessment the walker was complaining of chest pains; as a precaution she was taken to Cramlington hospital. We hope she makes a swift and full recovery.
This is the second incident this year in the Hareshaw Linn valley.
The incident involved 6 members for 1 hour 20 minutes. Another 8 members were on standby in case they were required.
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