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Water Training

On Wednesday a few of our Water Rescue First Responders and Water & Flood Incident Managers joined Northumbria Police’s Marine Unit down by the river in Chopwell Woods. The exercise was designed to demonstrate the use of different techniques in order to safely access and egress riverside locations to recover an injured or deceased person.

As part of the exercise we put to good use our technical rope rescue techniques.

Two Scene of Crimes Officers also joined the training session and gave input on forensic body recovery from water.

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*** Incident No.38 ***

At 1.30pm this afternoon the Team was activated through the joint calling mechanism with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue assistance for a search in Chopwell Woods; a young boy with autism had been missing for an hour. Thankfully as one of our Incidents Controllers was speaking to the Police, the boy was found safe and well by his carer. A good outcome for all concerned.

The incident involved one Team member for three minutes!