No sooner had two of our incident controllers returned from day 3 of the search for Sally Allan in Darras Hall, one of them took a call from Northumbria Police for an overdue walker. A walker in their 50s had been reported overdue in the Harthope Valley of The Cheviots by another walker who had spoken to the father of the overdue walker. The father was waiting in a car for his son’s return.
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was immediately put on standby whilst two of our controllers travelled to Langleeford Farm near Wooler to liaise with the Police. Having approached the valley from the north and south it was apparent that the overdue walker’s car was no longer in the area.
The well intentioned 999 call led to a swift response from the Police and Mountain Rescue. It looks as if the walker albeit overdue had returned to his car and is now making his way home with his father.
The incident involved 3 members for 1 hour.
At 18.00hrs yesterday, whilst North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were assisting the Police with the search for Sally Allan, one of our incident controllers coordinated a limited response to an overdue and lost walker in the Simonside Hills. Having spoken to the walker, our incident controller was able to pinpoint his location. With great support from a local farmer, the walker was swiftly located and transported back to his vehicle. This left the Team to concentrate on the Darras Hall search.
The busy Christmas period for the Team continues with the search for Sally Allan from Darras Hall. The Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by Northumbria Police at 15.45hrs on Boxing Day to assist in the search for Sally. The search will continue today with assistance from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team.
Day one involved 22 Team members and one Mountain Rescue search dog for 7 hours.
At just before 11.00hrs today, Northumbria Police requested mountain rescues assistance in the search for Lloyd Neale in the Morpeth area. Ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were involved, alongside the swiftwater team from Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service.
Whilst the terrain wasn’t hilly the undergrowth made for some challenging searching. The search has been stood down for this evening whilst the Police undertake further investigations.
The incident involved 23 members for 8 hours.
At 18.40hrs the Team was requested by Northumbria Police to assist in a search for 77 year old suffering from dementia in the Berwick area. The person had left home to go for a walk around mid-afternoon and had not returned. Whilst incident controllers from our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were travelling to the RV, the missing person was located safe and well.
The incident involved four members for 20 minutes.
At 1.30pm this afternoon the Team was activated through the joint calling mechanism with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue assistance for a search in Chopwell Woods; a young boy with autism had been missing for an hour. Thankfully as one of our Incidents Controllers was speaking to the Police, the boy was found safe and well by his carer. A good outcome for all concerned.
The incident involved one Team member for three minutes!
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!