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*** Incident No.50 ***

Sunday 4 September 2016, 13.18hrs

An incident with a difference!

Early afternoon on Sunday, North of Tyne MRT and ourselves received a request for assistance from Northumbria Police. A Labradoodle dog called Jack had badly injured his leg whilst out for a walk with four human companions. His campanions had just taken him over Scald Hill and were intending to head up to The Cheviot when the accident happened.

Whilst rescuing animals isn’t our main role, we decided to assist not least to relieve Jack’s suffering but also his owners. Our search dog handler and Tess, and our Team Leader, an ex dog handler, made their way to Scald Hill with a light weight stretcher to assist with the evacuation.

Jack was carefully ‘loaded’ into the stretcher before we, a Police Officer, and Jack’s owners and their friends, carried him back to the Harthope Valley. We have since heard that Jack is in hospital awaiting an operation on his leg tomorrow.

We hope Jack makes a full and swift recovery, and not before too long is out walking the hills of Northumberland National Park, with his owners.

The incident involved 3 Team members for 3.5 hours.

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*** Incidents No.47, 48 & 49***

Saturday 3 September 2016, 13.00hrs

August was a very busy month and now September is off to a flier too!

On Saturday whilst the Team was covering the Cheviots Challenge, we dealt with three separate incidents in the hills to the north and north west of Alwinton.

A female in her early 50s was suffering from severe chest pains, causing her to collapse in one of the most exposed sections of the Pennine Way, west of Windy Gyle. Two Team members were on scene within minutes and further assistance arrived shortly after. One of the Doctors in the Team worked alongside two of our other medics to stabilise the casualty, before handing over to the Great North Air Ambulance Service for a short flight to a crewed Ambulance in the Coquet valley.

Whilst this incident was ongoing, Team members were also dealing with a second female who had sustained an ankle injury and was unable to continue. Both casualties were taken to hospital in the same Ambulance.

The third incident came late in the day when a group of nine walkers became lost and were overtaken by darkness. Once again SARLOC – a location App – proved its worth. A text was sent to one of the walker’s mobile phones which enabled us to pinpoint their location. The walkers had turned 90 degrees off their intended route and ended up in unfamiliar ground 2km from their last known point, Shillmoor. They had walked an extra 5km from Shillmoor and had almost gone in a full circle!

The walkers were evacuated in our Team vehicles to Alwinton where they were checked out by a Doctor and a medic from the Team before being allowed to head home.

All in a long day’s work!

The incidents involved Team 25 members over a period of 8 hours.

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*** Incident No.46 ***

Sunday 28 August 2016, 03.23hrs

The busy August continues with our eleventh incident for the month in the early hours of this morning. Northumbria Police contacted the Team and North of Tyne MRT for assistance in locating a female walker in her early 70s, who had failed to meet up with her husband at 21.00hrs, the previous night.

The female had been walking the Northumberland Coastal Path in sections and had set off from Belford to walk to Fenwick village late afternoon. She had walked the section to Belford earlier in the day.

After trying to locate his wife, the husband raised the alarm in the early hours. As our Incident Controllers were being briefed by the Police officers in Belford, the Police located the female on a drivable track in the woods near to the coastal path.

The walker had fallen sustaining minor injuries but due to the poor conditions overnight, she was also suffering from the cold. She was assessed and treated by a Team medic before being transported to hospital. We hope she makes a full and swift recovery.

The Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick had also been requested to assist in the search, but thankfully was not required on this occasion.

The incident involved 4 members for 3.5 hours.

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*** Incident No.45 ***

Saturday 27 August 2016, 19.13hrs

Northumbria Police contacted North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves on Saturday evening having received a report from two walkers saying they were lost in the Cheviot Hills. Little information was available as to the walkers intended route, other than they had started near Wooler.

One of Incident Controllers spoke to the walkers and ascertained that they roughly knew where they were. We then successfully used SARLOC – a SMS location App – to pin point the walkers’ location. They were on the south east side of Hedgehope Hill, on the edge of Threestoneburn Wood (or at least where the wood was!).

Guidance was then provided to the walkers by phone and SARLOC was used to ensure they were heading in the right direction – see photo. The walkers were confident in being able to walk off the hill themselves and evenutally arrived back in the Harthope Valley, where they had started by 21.40hrs and were met b Police officers.

Great use of technology which meant we didn’t need to leave the house!

The incident involved 4 members for 2.5 hours.

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*** Incident No.44 ***

Wednesday 24 August 2016, 21.40 hrs

Late on Wednesday evening a request from Northumbria Police was received to assist in a search for an overdue walker in the Haltwhistle area. The male in his mid-20s had left home in Haltwhistle in the afternoon, with the intention of walking over Plenmeller Common towards Eals in the South Tyne valley, before returning along the valley to home. A distance of some 25-30km.

Along with North of Tyne MRT, we placed our members on standby whilst our Incident Controllers tried to ascertain more details on the walker’s exact route.

Thankfully as our Incident Controllers were being briefed by the Police, the walker returned home safely, albeit a bit later than planned!

The incident involved three Team members and another 14 were on standby for 2 hours 10 minutes.

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***Incident 43***

Monday 22nd August 2016 18.02

The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called following reports of an injured climber with chest injuries at Peel Crag. Both Teams attended to support the Great North Air Ambulance. Following initial treatment on site Team members assisted with a stretcher carry to the waiting helicopter.

We wish the climber a speedy recovering.

The incident lasted 2 hours 20 minutes and involved 9 Team members.

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*** Incident 42 ***

Saturday 20 August 2016, 14.12 hrs.

The Team was called alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team to support the North East Ambulance Service after a man had sustained a lower leg injury on the Pennine Way in a very remote part of the Northumberland National Park near to Rochester. After an hour long stretcher carry across the moors with inclement weather to the nearest drivable track, the casualty was transferred to an ambulance for onward transport to hospital.

The incident lasted 4.5 hours and involved 20 rescue Team members.

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*** Incident 41 ***

A busy period continues with our sixth call-out in two weeks. The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by Northumbria Police to attend an incident at Harbottle. A 10 year old boy had climbed on top of the Drakestone and was unable to reverse climb.

Assisted by the Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service crew from Rothbury and a specialist rope access team from Alnwick, the boy was eventually lowered to the ground.

The incident lasted 2.5 hours and involved 10 rescue Team members.

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*** Incident No.40 ***

Monday 15th August 2016, 18.02 hrs

The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by Northumbria Police to attend an incident on Hadrians Wall east of Housesteads Roman fort. A female walker had slipped and sustained head and rib injuries. Two Team members were close by and quickly arrived on scene. Following initial treatment the walker was transported in Team Land Rover to a waiting NEAS Ambulance.

The incident involved 8 team members for 75 minutes.

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*** Incident No.38 ***

Monday 8th August 2016, 15.15 hrs
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by Northumbria Police to assist a walker with a lower leg injury on the Pennine Way above the College Valley. Fortunately for the casualty the MCA Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick was in the process of finishing a mission for the Tweed Valley Rescue Team and was able to collect the casualty from the hill. Two Team members located the rest of the party as they descended off the hill and with assistance from the Police escorted them back to their transport at Hethpool.

The incident involved 12 Team members for 3 hours.