At just before 4.30pm, the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were activated by Northumbria Police. A 63 year old male had become lost on Blanchland Moor whilst he was out for a walk. One of our Incident Controllers spoke to the man to try to ascertain a more precise location. Whilst MR vehicles travelled to the area, the Police air support – NPAS 33 – were tasked to search the area around Embley Fell. The walker, who by this stage was mildly hypothermic, was quickly located and evacuated by helicopter to the nearest road. The Mountain Rescue team members on scene warmed up the walker and transported him back to his car at Blanchland.
The incident involved four members and lasted 3 hours.
At 19.15hrs the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was called to assist two mountain bikers who had become disoriented in a wood to the South East of Brough Law in the Breamish Valley.
As the Teams and Northumbria Police officers arrived at Bulby’s Wood car park they could hear shouts up on the hill. Due to the fading light the blue lights were used to guide the two mountain bikers down to our location.
They were tired and rather shaken, with a few scratches from the undergrowth in the wood they had ‘ploughed’ through! All is well that ends well.
The incident lasted 1 hour and involved 5 Team members
At 01.15hrs on Sunday the Team’s assistance was requested by Northumbria Police for a high risk female missing in the Bedlington area. The missing person’s car had been located at Humford Mill on the River Blyth. Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, we initiated a limited response with an Incident Controller liaising with the Police to prepare a search strategy, and a Search And Rescue Dog Association England handler and a few Team members ready to deploy to search the immediate area. As the search was about to commence, the missing person was located in hospital where she had been since late evening having given false details on arrival in an Ambulance.
Six Team members were involved for 2.5 hours.
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!
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!
In the early hours of this morning the Team was asked to respond to a search in the Crawcrook area for a 71 year old man suffering from dementia, who was missing from home. As one of our Incident Controllers was speaking to the Police, the missing person was thankfully located, safe and well.
This meant that our members and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team‘s members could have an undisturbed night’s sleep!
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team has just stood down from a search for a missing walker in the Wark Forest area. The walker who had left Bellingham earlier in the day had intended to follow the Pennine Way towards Once Brewed. He rang the Police at 16.30hrs to say he was disorientated and didn’t know where he was.
As the Teams’ Search & Rescue Dogs were being deployed, a farmer contacted the Police to say the walker had turned up at his farm. He had walked almost in a full circle and was heading back towards Bellingham, albeit unintentionally!
Having stood down from the Consett incident, the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was called to a fallen climber at Shaftoe Crags near Bolam Lake. The casualty was stabilised by Team member, who is also a NEAS Paramedic, before being carried to the helicopter from RAF Boulmer. All being well the climber will make a full recovery after an examination at the RVI, Newcastle.
Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service and the North East Ambulance Service was also involved.
The Team was called to assist the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) earlier today following a road traffic accident on the outskirts of Powburn. First on scene was one of our Team members, a NEAS Paramedic who requested Mountain Rescue’s support due to the difficult to access location.
North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded to the incident, alongside the Ambulance Service, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service and Northumbria Police.
Details of the incident are provided in the article below.
Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team carries out Search and Mountain Rescue operations covering the entire area of over 5000 square km with our sister team North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. We do this 365 days a year, 24/7, and we’re made up entirely of volunteers!