Sunday 7 February 2016, 14.24hrs
The Team was called to assist the North East Ambulance Service with the evacuation of a male walker in his 50s. The walker had sustained a serious lower leg injury on Hadrian’s Wall above Hotbank Crags.
Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, Team members carried and sledged the injured walker off the hill on a Bell stretcher to the crewed Ambulance at Hotbank Farm.
We hope the walker makes a full and swift recovery, and is out on the hills again very soon.
A total of 13 members were involved for 3 hours.
At 12.30pm today the Team was requested by the North East Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a 13 year climber. The young climber was with a school group when they sustained a lower leg injury.
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded to the incident at East Woodburn crag and evacuated the casualty on a stretcher to the waiting crewed Ambulance on the nearby road.
12 Team members were involved for 1.5 hours.
Having just finished providing the rescue cover for the fell race at the Alwinton Border Shepherds’ Show, the Team was called by the North East Ambulance Service for an injured walker in the Hedgehope area. A vehicle and team members were mobilised quickly, along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team.
One of our incident controllers spoke to the party on the hill and determined that they were most likely on Coldlaw Cairn. The casualty and two companions were located at 17.30hrs.
The casualty’s two companions were walked off the hill down the Harthope Valley by a Team member, whilst the casualty with a suspected dislocated shoulder was walked to Coomb Fell to help him warm up. From there a three hour stretcher evacuation ensued in the dark. After crossing many peat hags and crossing the river, we were able to evacuate the casualty down the path to Langleeford Hope. From here the casualty was transported in our 4×4 ambulance to the road head where he was transferred to crewed ambulance.
The incident involved 18 team members for 8 hours
Earlier this afternoon the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were requested by the North East Ambulance Service to attend an individual who had collapsed in the Yetlington area of Northumberland. Due to the conditions the helicopter was unable to fly. Consequently a vehicle, Team members and a Team Doctor were mobilised quickly.
Notwithstanding the efforts of the Paramedics and Team members, the 50 year old male died. The man was on a shoot when he suffered a cardiac arrest.
Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.
The incident involved 14 Team members for 2 hours.
The Team was placed on standby this afternoon for a 15 year with a lower leg injury near to Prudhoe. After 20 minutes the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were stood down; the North East Ambulance Service confirmed they could handle the incident.
Back to enjoying the weekend!
Earlier this afternoon the Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was called to assist the North East Ambulance Service. A 65 year old female walking on the St Cuthbert’s Way near Wooler, fell and damaged her lower right leg.
The Teams alongside the Paramedics evacuated the lady on a mountain rescue stretcher to the nearest road for onward transport to hospital.
The incident lasted 2.5hrs and involved 10 Team members.
At just before 2.00pm the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Teamwas called to assist the North East Ambulance Service. A 22 year female had fallen off a motorcycle in north Northumberland, near Kirknewton. She had a suspected fractured lower leg.
Due to her location we also requested the assistance of Borders Search & Rescue Unit and ultimately RAF Boulmer to fly the casualty to hospital. Possibly the last time operationally we will see the Seaking.
In total six members from three MRTs and two Land Rover ambulances were involved.
The Team was put on standby earlier this afternoon for an injured mountain biker at Kielder. The mountain biker had injured their shoulder having come off one of the downhill trails below Deadwater Fell. Given the mountain biker’s location and nature of their injuries, Forestry Commission staff were able to assist the Paramedic to evacuate the biker to the ambulance. A total of 15 members from North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were available to respond should we have been needed.
At 11.55hrs one of our Incident Controllers received a call from the North East Ambulance Service. A horse rider had fallen off their horse near to Newton on the Moor. The rider, who was going in and out of consciousness, was in a difficult to access location on farmland. Due to the prevailing conditions – strong winds, heavy rain – ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were requested to assist. Before the Teams deployed, the Air Ambulance was able to land near to the casualty and evacuate them. We hope the rider was not too seriously injured and makes a swift recovery.