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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 2 August 2016, 20.10hrs
Two boys in their mid to late teens went missing on the Hadrian’s Wall Path yesterday and failed to turn up at the meeting point with their parents. Thankfully soon after Northumbria Police contacted ourselves and North of Tyne MRT, and initial enquiries were being made by one of our incident controllers, the boys turned up safe and well.
A short lived incident! The Team alongside North of Tyne MRT were contacted by Northumbria Police in the early hours of this morning to assist in the search for a high risk missing male. The male was believed to be in the Westerhope area of Newcastle.
As one of our Incident Controllers was speaking to the Police Search Adviser, the missing person was located close to his last known point.
Those of us who had been woken by the alert then went back to sleep.
Unfortunately today was not the day for climbers in Northumberland. As we were about to stand down from the previous incident, Northumbria Police activated the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team for a male climber who had fallen at Kyloe Crag.
A Team vehicle which was almost back at our Pegswood Fire Station base was swiftly despatched along with two Team members, whilst the remainder of the Team were called out. A few members travelled from Hadrian’s Wall in the west whilst others not involved in the previous incident headed direct to the scene.
Three Team members and a NEAS Paramedic arrived on scene at approximately the same time, within 30 minutes of the activation. The Paramedic and a Team medic stabilised the casualty who had sustained a serious lower leg injury in his fall.
Given the nature of the terrain and the casualty’s injuries it was deemed a helicopter evacuation was required. Our incident controller requested a Coastguard helicopter for its winching capability, which was duly tasked from Prestwick.
The helicopter on arrival at Kyloe Crag winched the stretcher and casualty on board from the location below the crag. The casualty was then transferred to a crewed Ambulance for onward transport to hospital.
The North East Ambulance Service HART team was also involved in the incident. A true multi-agency response.
Again we hope the climber makes a full and swift recovery.
The incident involved 11 Team members for 2 hours 20 minutes.
Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves yesterday evening to assist in the search for a high risk 51 year old male in the Houghton-le-Spring area.
A search plan based on missing person data and other available information was agreed by our incident controllers with the Police Search Adviser, before the two Teams were called out.
Soon after our vehicles and Team members arrived at the RV, the missing person returned home. Seemingly our presence had helped to flush him out!
A good ending. Most Team members were also back home just before midnight for a few hours sleep before work today.
The incident involved 18 members for 2 hours 40 minutes.
Whilst the rest of the country bathed in glorious sunshine, much of Northumberland including the Simonside Hills was covered in thick mist. The prevailing weather conditions led to two walkers becoming disoriented and eventually lost in the Simonside Hills.
The Team alongside North of Tyne MRT were activated late afternoon by Northumbria Police to assist in the search for the two walkers. From the information received the two walkers having ‘walked over the hill’ had taken shelter in a hut next to rough track. From this information we identified the likely location of walkers as being the two huts on the track between Harwood Forest and Hepple Whitefield – along the route of the Sandstone Way and Border County Ride.
Two Team members were swiftly despatched to drive the rough track up to Whitefield Hill. The walkers were located in one of the shooting huts with the gas fire on to warm themselves up. When we pointed out to them where they had ended up, they were somewhat surprised and very grateful we’d turned up!
A Police 4×4 was used to transport the walkers back to their car at Simonside Forest car park.
All ended well and in time for Team members to enjoy their Saturday evening.
The incident involved 8 Team members for 1hr 50mins.
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.