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*** Incident No.23 ***

Tuesday 17 May, 15.21hrs

The busy period continues with a request for assistance from the North East Ambulance Service. A female in her 60s had sustained a head injury whilst cycling in the Kielder Water area.

At the time of the request Paramedics were en-route to the casualty’s location which was believed to be just off the Lakeside way, near to Silvas Capitalis (or the ‘forest head’). Given the location it was highly likely that the Ambulance would be able to access the scene.

In case assistance with the evacuation was required and given the travel time involved, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves despatched a Land Rover and six Team member to Kielder.

Almost an hour into the incident, the Ambulance Service confirmed they had been able to access the scene and treat the casualty. The Teams were stood down.

The incident involved 7 Team members for 2 hours.

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*** Incident No.21 ***

Saturday 14 May, 15.25hrs

Yesterday afternoon a climber fell approximately 10m on Peel Crag, landing on the boulders and uneven ground on the bottom of the crag. The climber sustained serious injuries from his fall and was treated and stabilised by a Doctor from the Great North Air Ambulance.

The Team alongside North of Tyne MRT and the North East Ambulance Service HART team assisted with the evacuation down the steep slope and across the uneven ground to the awaiting helicopter.

The climber was flown to the RVI for further treatment and we hope he makes a full and swift recovery.

A great multi-agency, team effort.

The incident involved 15 Team members for 1.5 hours.

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*** Incident No.14 ***

Thursday 4 April 2016, 13.50hrs

The Team was requested earlier today by the North East Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a female suffering a seizure near to St Cuthbert’s Cave in North Northumberland. The Ambulance Paramedics were unable to access the site by vehicle and requested our support to stretcher the casualty off the hill.

We along with North of Tyne MRT responded with one vehicle. We also requested support from the Border Search & Rescue Unit given the incident was in the northern part of our operational area.

Whilst en-route we were stood down as the Great North Air Ambulance was able to land on near to the casualty.

A total of 7 members were involved for 40 minutes.

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*** Incident No.13 ***

Tuesday 12 April, 17.40hrs

After the busy start to the year, we have had a quiet period for incidents. This ended yesterday when the North East Ambulance Service requested our assistance to recover a body from a difficult to access location in the Derwent Valley. Along with North of Tyne MRT, the Ambulance Service and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, we dealt with the unfortunate incident.

A total of 13 Team members were involved for 3 hours.

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*** Incident No.12 ***

Thursday 25 February, 22.40hrs

Late last night the Team was called to assist in a multi-agency response for a fisherman in his 80s who had failed to return home. Working alongside Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, the North East Ambulance Service and our sister mountain rescue team, North of Tyne, a water and bankside search was conducted on the River Till.

Sadly the fisherman’s body was located a few 100 metres downstream of where his fishing rod was found by a Swiftwater Rescue Team.

Our thoughts go out to the gentleman’s wife, family and friends at this difficult and emotional time.

The incident involved 10 members for 3 hours.

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*** Incident No.8 ***

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.

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*** Incident No.51 ***

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.

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*** Incident No.44 ***

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

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*** Incident No.43 ***

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.

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*** Incident No.39 ***

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!