Sunday 1 May, 20.31hrs
Yesterday evening North of Tyne MRT and ourselves were contacted by Northumbria Police regarding a cyclist who was lost in the Kielder area. Indications were that the cyclist was near to Riccarton.
We tried SARLOC, a text message system used to locate missing persons, whilst the Police drove some of the roads and other resources were being mobilised. Border Search & Rescue Unit and Tweed Valley MRT were made aware of the incident in case additional support was required.
Unfortunately due to the poor mobile coverage SARLOC didn’t work. After half an hour though contact was made with the cyclist again and he confirmed he was on the road near Riccarton. A Police vehicle located the cyclist and transported him back to his start point at Kielder Water. All ended well.
The incident involved 2 Team members for 1 hour.
16.32hrs, 31 January 2016
A short lived incident this evening with a positive outcome. A family of three became lost in woods near Hexham.
Northumbria Police contacted the Team for assistance and to see whether the SMS location app, SARLOC, we use could pin point the exact location of the family. No sooner had the Police contact ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, we were stood down as the family had been located by the Police. All three were safe and well.
The incident lasted 4 minutes and involved one Team member!
17.09hrs, 23 January 2016
Two walkers had contacted Northumbria Police to say they were lost in Kielder Forest. From the information received they were believed to be near Chirdon Head on a drivable track.
As our incident controllers tried to establish a more accurate location using SARLOC and by talking to the walkers, the Police dispatched local officers in a 4×4 vehicle.
Our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were put on standby and drivers tasked to pick up our vehicles.
Thankfully the walkers and their dogs were quickly located by the Police on a forest track and were transported back to their car. All safe and well.
A total of 3 members were involved for 35 minutes. A further 6 members were ready to be deployed.
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.
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!
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.