Date: 2 March 2017
Location: Border Ridge
At 18.30hrs yesterday Police Scotland requested the assistance of Border Search & Rescue Unit to locate two Danish walkers on the Border Ridge. The walkers were believed to be between Auchope Cairn and Windy Gyle.
The teams south of the border – North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves – were alerted by BSARU. One of our controller group sent a SARLOC message to the walkers. Thankfully this time it worked – the poor mobile reception in the area affects whether the system works.
Armed with the exact location it was agreed to despatch a group from the north side of the border to locate and evacuate the walkers. The walkers were swiftly located and walked off the hill to a waiting ATV. They were cold, but otherwise no worse for their ordeal.
As you’ll see from the SARLOC fix below the walkers weren’t too far away from the location of the 10 walkers involved in Incident No.8.
A 70 year male fell and sustained a lower leg injury whilst walking on the Pennine Way, late on Saturday afternoon. He was near the end of a two week journey from Edale in the Peak District.
Mountain Rescue Teams from both sides of the Border were activated; Border Search & Rescue Unit by Police Scotland, and North of Tyne MRT and ourselves by the North East Ambulance Service.
Due to the hill fog and driving rain a helicopter evacuation was not possible. However, the casualty’s location meant that the Border’s team could drive up to the Border Ridge. Whilst we on the other hand had to walk or run!
The casualty was treated and evacuated to an ambulance on the north side of the Border. A successful outcome in horrendous conditions.
Photos courtesy of BSARU.
A total of 12 members were involved for four hours.
Two short lived incidents in a day! The Team along with North of Tyne MRT was contacted by Northumbria Police at 22.50hrs for an overdue walker in the College Valley.
The owner of the Mounthooly Bunkhouse had contacted the Police after a walker failed to turn up. The walker in his 60s had left, late morning, to walk along the Border Ridge to Windy Gyle and back. After it baca me dark the owner of the bunkhouse, quite rightly, became increasingly concerned for the lone walker’s wellbeing.
As one of our Incident Controllers was speaking to the Police, the walker arrived back at the bunkhouse – safe, tired and rather late for his dinner!
All done and dusted very quickly and without anyone needing to leave home! We like these sort of incidents.
The incident involved two Team members for 15 minutes.
Over the years, many people have been glad to see the two shelters, built by the Northumberland National Park Authority, on the Border Ridge. Thanks to the Authority, new signs informing walkers, fell runners and other outdoor enthusiasts ‘what to do in an emergency’ will very shortly be in place at each of the shelters.