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*** Incident No.1 *** 2016

Well the clock has started again with the first incident of 2016. Two walkers and their dogs reported themselves lost in Thrunton Woods in the Callaly Crag and Hob’s Nick area.

The Police contacted ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team immediately to request assistance. A SARLOC message was immediately sent to one of the walker’s mobiles to try to ascertain their exact location. One of our controllers then rang the same number but it went to anasphone.

Two of our controllers then travelled to Thrunton Woods to liaise with the Police, whilst two others monitored MRMap in case the location of the walkers ‘pinged’ back. The walkers were, however, able to make their way safely off the hill to Callaly using the torch on their iPhone. As they descended mobile service was lost and hence why we could not contact them.

All ended well and we were back home in time for our Sunday dinner!

A total of 4 Team members were involved for 1 hour.

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*** Incident No. 31 ***

Last night the team were alerted to an over due walker on the Pennine Way.
Using SARLOC the lost walker was located quickly and assisted back to The forest View in Byrness, tired and cold but otherwise well.
Thanks to The Forest View for raising the alarm and providing a well earned cuppa and hospitality in the middle of the night!
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Connected Team

Today we had the opportunity to thank Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) for their generous grant towards the cost of our new satellite Broadband system. Accessing the Internet wherever we are is increasingly important – we need the Internet to view the incident log on SARCALL, to use tools such as SARLOC to help locate lost walkers, to track search groups on the hill and to access up-to-date weather forecasts etc.

Pictured either side of our Team Leader are Tony Gates, Chief Executive (NNPA) and Cllr Glen Sanderson, the new Chairman of the Authority.sat_internet