With a Met Office Amber warning over Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, and heavy snow falling over most of the area, Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves in the early hours of yesterday morning. Drivers, navigators and medics were swiftly allocated and made their way to the Teams’ bases at West Denton and Pegswood Fire Stations.
Soon after the North East Ambulance Service also requested our assistance and one 4×4 with a driver and Team medic on board was despatched to transfer a patient to the RVI.
The other four 4x4s, including a Northumberland National Park 4×4 in Rothbury, were then despatched to check the main arterial roads in rural #Northumberland and the main B roads between some of the more highly populated villages. The vehicle trackers show the extent of our travels, checking for stranded motorists and abandoned vehicles.
Whilst driving conditions were very difficult at times and much snow had fallen, conditions started to improve by 06.00hrs. The Teams stood down at 08.30hrs.
The incidents involved 12 Team members for six hours.
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