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Incident No: 57 2017

Date: 11 November 2017
Time: 14.31hrs
Location: Stocksfield, Northumberland

Mid-afternoon on Saturday, Northumbria Police requested our assistance in a search for a vulnerable male in his late 40s. His abandoned car was found on the outskirts of Stocksfield, Northumberland.

Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue, we responded immediately with our Incident Officer travelling to liaise with the Police Search Adviser whilst drivers were allocated for our 4×4 response vehicles and Team members were placed on standby.

At 15.30hrs the Teams were called out to work alongside Police officers searching routes emanating from, and small wooded areas immediately adjacent to, the missing male’s car. The map shows the tracks of our search groups and dog teams. SARLOC was also used but unfortunately the missing male did not respond to the text.

The incident ended when the missing person was located safe and well in Edinburgh, having taken a train from Stocksfield!

The incident involved 20 Team members and two search dogs for 5 hours.

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Incident No: 56 2017

Date: 08 November 2017
Time: 20.14hrs
Location: Durham area

On Wednesday evening, Northumbria Police requested advice from our Duty Controller regarding a missing female in her early 40s from Sunderland. She had last been seen the day before at her home. Information from the Police suggested the missing female might have used public transport to get to Durham.

SARLOC and a follow up text message was used by the Duty Controller, acting on behalf of the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. Unfortunately the missing female did not respond to either message and in agreement with the Police the incident was closed.

The incident involved 1 Team member for 3 hours.

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Incident No: 48 2017

Date: 28 September 2017
Time: 19.59hrs
Location: Hexham

We received a SARCALL activation from Northumbria Police at 19.59 hrs to assist with a search for a vulnerable female in her early 70s who was last seen by her husband in a supermarket carpark in Hexham.

The Police already had officers on the ground searching and had called in the National Police Air Support Unit to assist.

The Team and North of Tyne MRT were placed on standby and drivers were arranged whilst our controller liaised with the Police to gain more information to aid deployment.

Whilst we were talking to the Police control room, the good news came through that the female had been located safe and well.

The teams were stood down and normal family life resumed!

The incident involved three members for 30 minutes.

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Incident No: 47 2017

Date: 24 September 2017
Time: 02.53hrs
Location: Seahouses

In the early hours of this morning Northumbria Police requested our support in locating a high risk missing person in the Seahouses and Beadnell area of Northumberland. Given the information available, deploying the Team and North of Tyne MRT was not required. Instead, the Duty Controller assisted by liaising with the Police Search Adviser and sending a SARLOC to the misper’s phone before monitoring for a response.

The National Police Air Support unit was utilised and Police Officers provided ground support. The misper was located 45 minutes later.

Back to bed by 4.00am!!

The incident involved two members for 45 minutes.

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Multi-Agency Training

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!

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Co-located incident command, working out of our ‘dinky’ trailer
Blue lights everywhere you looked
Searching river right, downstream of main road bridge in Morpeth
Tricky searching along the flood defences
One of the Fire Service’s Swiftwater team vehicles
Incident control at work
Job done, time for a hot debrief
Back to base to sort the kit and clean and dry the dry suits
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Incident No: 40 2017

Date: 26 August 2017
Time: 06.02hrs
Location: Prudhoe

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.

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Incident No: 31 2017

Date: 20 July 2017
Time: 10.53hrs
Location: Peterlee

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.

The incident involved 1 Team member for 8 hours.

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Incident No: 28 2017

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.

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Northumbria Police Marine Unit Joint Training

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.

Preparing to lower dive kit to the riverbank.
Making sure we don’t lose anything!
Helping get a diver ready
The search begins.
Fred is recovered from the river bed to the river bank and prepared for evacuation.
Fred is raised to safe ground.
Evacuating to our vehicles.
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Water Crowfoot Survey & Training

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.

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