Persons reported struggling in the River Wansbeck. A group of young males and females had been drinking all day in Morpeth and after leaving one of the pubs, thought it would be a good idea to take two of the rowing boats, which had been locked up for the night, out onto the river. An eye witness reported seeing the group capsize both of the boats.
That was the scenario which faced a multi-agency response last night. Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, the Coastguard and Mountain Rescue were involved in agreeing and implementing an effective search plan to locate the missing persons. Swiftwater and bankside teams, all in appropriate PPE, a Mountain Rescue search dog team were swiftly deployed by the three agencies, and all the casualties were located, treated and evacuated within an hour and a half.
A great evening working alongside our colleagues in the Fire Service and Coastguard. Much learning for all involved, which will hold us in good stead for the real thing!
Date: 26 August 2017
Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne and ourselves in locating a high risk female in her early 50s. The female was believed to be in the Prudhoe area of Northumberland.
Our Duty Controller used SARLOC but unfortunately the missing person did not respond to the SMS message. As our Duty Controller was liaising with the Police, we were notified that the female had been found.
The incident involved 2 Team members for 32 minutes.
Date: 20 July 2017
Our search dog, Tess, and her handler were deployed yesterday to assist Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team in a search for a 65 year old female in the Peterlee area. After an extensive day long search, TWSMRT and the search dogs from across the North East were stood down.
The missing female was last seen on Wednesday and the Police remain concerned for her wellbeing.
Date: 16 July 2017
Time: 12.53 hrs
Location: East coast, near South Shields
The Duty Controller for North of Tyne MRT and ourselves responded to a request from Northumbria Police again to use SARLOC in helping to locate a missing person. The person was believed to be on the coast in the South Shields area.
The missing person was found two hours after the initial request in a cave on the coast near South Shields.
The incident lasted 1 hour 55 minutes and involved one Team member.
Today water trained Team members took part in a joint exercise with Northumbria Police Marine Unit. The exercise scenario was based on a search for a fisherman missing at the confluence of the North and South Tyne (Fred the exercise manikin was positioned in the river yesterday in an ‘unknown’ location). The Rescue Team provided technical expertise to enable the dive team and their equipment to be positioned safely in a difficult to access location riverside . The Police Team then briefed our members on how they search and equipment used. An underwater search was conducted in difficult conditions. Thankfully Fred was recovered to the bank and evacuated from the site. A great example of partnership working between emergency services and thanks to Northumbria Police for taking part.
On Friday five Team members headed up the Coquet valley to Shillmoor to assist one of the Northumberland National Park‘s officers with the water crowfoot survey. Our water trained members searched the section of river downstream to Linbriggs, recording sightings of water crowfoot on the way. There were plenty of sightings, a good indicator of how clean the River Coquet is.
A great way to meet our requirements for water CPD training.
Date: 04 June 2017
Location: Kyloe Woods
A young male on a day trip to the Kyloe Woods area was reported missing by his care worker. The young male had been last seen a couple of hours beforehand.
North of Tyne MRT and ourselves were requested by Northumbria Police to assist in the search for the vulnerable individual. Following further information from Police Search Adviser it was agreed that we would not deploy at that stage and would review the situation later in the afternoon.
The young male returned safe and well just over an hour after the initial activation. A good outcome for all concerned.
The incident involved 4 Team members for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
After a quiet few weeks, Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance in a search for a 11 year old boy who had gone missing from the Kingswood educational centre near to Hexham. North of Tyne MRT and ourselves responded with our overhead team liaising with the Police to prepare a search strategy and plan, whilst members travelled to the RV.
As the first search areas near to the grounds of the centre were being completed, news came in that the missing boy had been found in the centre of Hexham. Team Leader, Iain Nixon, commented “We are pleased that Callum Davidson was found safe and well, and the MRTs would like to thank the members of public who offered their assistance in the search for Callum.”
Our highly trained searchers and three air scenting search dogs worked alongside Northumbria Police officers, the National Police Air Support Unit and Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service. The Fire Service had provided access to their thermal imaging cameras. A great multi agency response leading to a successful outcome.
Date: 9 April 2017
The Team along with North of Tyne MRT were called last night as part of a multi-agency response to search for a missing 66 year old woman from Gateshead.
The missing woman’s car had been found in the Newburn area and the Team were asked to search woodland, parkland, tracks and the river bank in the area. Nothing was found and Police are continuing investigations.
One day we’re in The Cheviots guiding lost walkers off the hill, next day we are on the banks of the River Tyne working with Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service on a joint exercise.
The joint exercise involved in water and bankside searching for five contractors who had gone missing when the scaffolding on the railway bridge they were working on collapsed.
Both services co-located at Warden and established a shared incident command. Mountain Rescue water first responder teams and Fire & Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Technician teams were swiftly (pardon the pun!) deployed.
The five contractors were all located in under an hour and a half, and evacuated by stretcher, boat and 4×4 vehicle to awaiting ambulances.