05.55hrs, 16 January 2016
An early morning call from the Border Search & Rescue Unit this morning for possible assistance with evacuating a walker who had been found in a hypothermic condition on the Border Ridge. The casualty was re-warmed in the Auchope shelter on the Pennine Way before being evacuated.
Without a doubt the emergency shelter built by the Northumberland National Park with assistance from Mountain Rescue volunteers has once again helped to save another life.
A total of 20 Team members were on standby for just over 2 hours.
No sooner had two of our incident controllers returned from day 3 of the search for Sally Allan in Darras Hall, one of them took a call from Northumbria Police for an overdue walker. A walker in their 50s had been reported overdue in the Harthope Valley of The Cheviots by another walker who had spoken to the father of the overdue walker. The father was waiting in a car for his son’s return.
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was immediately put on standby whilst two of our controllers travelled to Langleeford Farm near Wooler to liaise with the Police. Having approached the valley from the north and south it was apparent that the overdue walker’s car was no longer in the area.
The well intentioned 999 call led to a swift response from the Police and Mountain Rescue. It looks as if the walker albeit overdue had returned to his car and is now making his way home with his father.
The incident involved 3 members for 1 hour.
At 18.00hrs yesterday, whilst North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were assisting the Police with the search for Sally Allan, one of our incident controllers coordinated a limited response to an overdue and lost walker in the Simonside Hills. Having spoken to the walker, our incident controller was able to pinpoint his location. With great support from a local farmer, the walker was swiftly located and transported back to his vehicle. This left the Team to concentrate on the Darras Hall search.
At 11.30hrs today, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were called to assist a female walker who had collapsed just below The Beacon on the Simonside Ridge. The Teams along with a NEAS Community Paramedic treated the walker and evacuated her on a stretcher to the Lordenshaws car park, before being taken to the new hospital at Cramlington. We would like to say a big thank you to the passing walker who found the unconscious casualty and called the emergencies services.
Earlier this afternoon the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called out to evacuate a female walker from near to Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall. The walker has sustained a suspected dislocated knee. As the Teams were travelling to Steel Rigg, a French nurse, who happened to be walking in the area, came across the walker. The nurse immobilised the walker’s leg and assisted the walker back to the car park – it is really pleasing to see such acts of kindness. Mountain Rescue personnel then assessed the casualty before transporting her down to Once Brewed and onto Hexham Hospital.