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.
In this our 50th year we are going all out to try to raise £50,000. The funds raised as part of our “50 for 50” campaign will help us to convert a recently donated trailer into a new mobile control/command unit (£25k), purchase new communications technology such as digital high band radios (£20k) and invest in additional equipment including dry suits and personal flotation devices to ensure the safety of our Team members when working around water (£5k).
As a charitable organisation, run by volunteers, we are reliant on the generosity of the general public to fund the life saving, emergency service we provide. Donations, no matter how small or large, towards our £50k target would be gratefully received.
If you are able to help us… please donate through our Just Giving page, https://www.justgiving.com/nnpmrt/.
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.
Last night we made the most of the sunshine in Northumberland. A joint training exercise with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was held at East Woodburn Crag. An opportunity to see another part of operational area while practising technical rope rescue skills. A good night was had by all.
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.