At just before 4.00pm today, the North East Ambulance Service requested the Team’s assistance in locating and evacuating a walker with an injured ankle. The location provided by the walker’s partner was approximate; they were believed to be near to Chesters, a remote uninhabited farmhouse to the south of the Breamish Valley. The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded immediately. A Mountain Rescue Landrover 4×4 Ambulance with two members onboard located the walker 400m to the east of Chesters. Casualty care was administered and the walker’s injured ankle immobilised before he was transported off the hill by the community Paramedic, who also happens to be a Team member, to an awaiting Ambulance. The busy period continues…
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.
At 20.25hrs the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was requested to assist in locating two walkers who had become disoriented between Tosson Hill and Simonside. From the description of their location, two Team members in a 4×4 and a Police 4×4 were deployed to drive the forest track through to Harwood Forest. The walkers were quickly located safe and well, but exhausted, having walked for 8.5 hours. The incident was successfully all over in less than 30 minutes!
Just before midnight on Friday, the Team was put on standby by Swaledale MRT for a search for a high risk missing person near Leyburn. As we were providing rescue cover for the Trail Outlaw’s St Cuthbert’s Way Ultra on Saturday, we were unable to provide any resources for the ‘out of area’ search. Thankfully the missing person was found safe at 3.00am on Saturday morning before the Team would have been deployed.
The Team is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Following a tragic incident involving two shepherds near Ewartly Shank, a number of voluntary wardens from the Northumberland National Park formed the Mountain Rescue Team in 1965. Since that time the Team has been providing a life saving, emergency service.
To mark our 50th Anniversary we will be launching our “50 for 50” fund-raising campaign. More details to follow.
The Team alongside the other North East MRTs was put on standby by Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) for a water search in County Durham. The Team had one Water First Responder team and vehicle available. Swaledale MRT is now assisting TWSMRT, and we have been stood down. Here’s hoping it is a positive outcome.
A female competitor in the Chevvy Chase sustained a lower leg injury. After leg was strapped by one of our Medics she was able to weight bare with assistance. A slow supported walk off from the top of Hedgehope Hill followed. This was a great relief to the rest of the Team as the alternative was a long stretcher carry!!
Thanks to one of the Northumberland National Park Rangers, the new ‘In an Emergency’ sign is securely fixed to the door of the Auchope shelter on the Pennine Way. Now for the Yearning Saddle shelter.