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*** Incident No.17 ***

Sunday 1 May, 20.31hrs

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.

The incident involved 2 Team members for 1 hour.

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*** Incident No.16 ***

Wednesday 27 April, 20.26hrs

Yesterday evening Northumbria Police requested the Team’s assistance to locate a group of partially sighted walkers overdue in the Harthope valley near Wooler. A total of 19 walkers including their sighted guides were well over four hours late for their transport back to Wooler. They had set out to climb The Cheviot and return to the valley over Cairn Hill and Scotsman Knowe.

Given the wintery conditions on the hills, members from our Team and North of Tyne MRT were activated immediately. An advanced party, including two of our Incident Controllers, were on scene very quickly whilst the Team Landrovers and other members travelled to Langleeford farm.

On arrival at the farm, one of our Incident Controllers ascertained that all the walkers had managed to find their way safely off the hill. Other than being very tired from their long day, all the walkers were well.

A good outcome for all concerned. We hope they enjoyed their well deserved meal in the Red Lion!

A total of 21 Team members were involved for 1.5 hours.

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*** Incident No.15 ***

Monday 25 April, 11.12hrs

The Team was called out by Northumbria Police today to assist in the search for a 46 year old Washington man. Alongside North of Tyne MRT, members were deployed in small search groups along the Coast to Coast cycle path and into the Princess Anne Park. A water search group was also deployed along the banks of the River Wear.

The Team’s were stood down when the man was reported to have been located outside of the search areas.

A total of 18 Team members were involved 6 hrs 50 minutes.

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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.11 ***

20 February 2016, 16.54hrs

Whilst most of the Team were away in the Cairngorms winter training, the remaining few alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team had to deal with an incident involving two walkers.

The walkers had rung Northumbria Police stating they were overdue and still six miles from their vehicle, with the weather closing in. The walkers were, however, able to safely make their way off the hill to Low Bleakhope farm where they were met by Police officers. They were then taken back to their car.

The incident involved 2 members being deployed in a 4×4 with further members on standby for 1 hour.

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*** Incident No.10 ***

Sunday 14 February 2016, 01.28hrs

Northumbria Police requested our assistance to help in the search for missing Newcastle woman, Margaret MacDermott.

Margaret was last seen at her home on Bolbec Road in Fenham on Friday evening. Her car was found parked on Broad Chare on Newcastle Quayside, and we undertook a search of the surrounding areas.

If you have seen Margaret, or have any information about where she may be, then please contact police on 101 quoting reference 782 13/02/16.

The Team stood down at 05.29hrs

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*** Incident No.9 ***

Sunday 7 February 2016, 17.52hrs

No sooner had we stood down from one incident and returned to base, another incident came in close to where we had just been!

Northumbria Police requested our assistance with locating a female and her son. The female was driving to a holiday cottage when she took a wrong turn and ended up on rough track before getting her car stuck.

Whilst North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team’s Land Rover and three Team members headed out west again, two of our Incident Controllers liaised with the Police and began to coordinate a search of the drivable tracks in the area. After an hour the female and her son were located safe and well north of Wall Shield.

The incident involved 6 members for 2 hours.

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*** Incident No.7 ***

16.32hrs, 31 January 2016

A short lived incident this evening with a positive outcome. A family of three became lost in woods near Hexham.

Northumbria Police contacted the Team for assistance and to see whether the SMS location app, SARLOC, we use could pin point the exact location of the family. No sooner had the Police contact ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, we were stood down as the family had been located by the Police. All three were safe and well.

The incident lasted 4 minutes and involved one Team member!

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*** Incident No.6 ***

08.50hrs, 30 January 2016

Earlier today we received a request from Northumbria Police to assist in the search for Leanne Bramwell who was believed to be in the Widdrington or Cresswell. We responded along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team.

Thankfully as one of our Incident Controllers was en-route to the briefing with the Police, Leanne was found safe and well. The positive outcome meant that our Team members could continue to Lyon Work & Rescue at Tebay, Cumbria for a training day. More on this later!

A total of 2 members were involved for 40 minutes.

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*** Incident No.5 ***

17.09hrs, 23 January 2016

Two walkers had contacted Northumbria Police to say they were lost in Kielder Forest. From the information received they were believed to be near Chirdon Head on a drivable track.

As our incident controllers tried to establish a more accurate location using SARLOC and by talking to the walkers, the Police dispatched local officers in a 4×4 vehicle.

Our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were put on standby and drivers tasked to pick up our vehicles.

Thankfully the walkers and their dogs were quickly located by the Police on a forest track and were transported back to their car. All safe and well.

A total of 3 members were involved for 35 minutes. A further 6 members were ready to be deployed.