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*** Incidents No.47, 48 & 49***

Saturday 3 September 2016, 13.00hrs

August was a very busy month and now September is off to a flier too!

On Saturday whilst the Team was covering the Cheviots Challenge, we dealt with three separate incidents in the hills to the north and north west of Alwinton.

A female in her early 50s was suffering from severe chest pains, causing her to collapse in one of the most exposed sections of the Pennine Way, west of Windy Gyle. Two Team members were on scene within minutes and further assistance arrived shortly after. One of the Doctors in the Team worked alongside two of our other medics to stabilise the casualty, before handing over to the Great North Air Ambulance Service for a short flight to a crewed Ambulance in the Coquet valley.

Whilst this incident was ongoing, Team members were also dealing with a second female who had sustained an ankle injury and was unable to continue. Both casualties were taken to hospital in the same Ambulance.

The third incident came late in the day when a group of nine walkers became lost and were overtaken by darkness. Once again SARLOC – a location App – proved its worth. A text was sent to one of the walker’s mobile phones which enabled us to pinpoint their location. The walkers had turned 90 degrees off their intended route and ended up in unfamiliar ground 2km from their last known point, Shillmoor. They had walked an extra 5km from Shillmoor and had almost gone in a full circle!

The walkers were evacuated in our Team vehicles to Alwinton where they were checked out by a Doctor and a medic from the Team before being allowed to head home.

All in a long day’s work!

The incidents involved Team 25 members over a period of 8 hours.

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*** Incident No.39 ***

The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was requested to attend an incident at Shield on the Wall. A lady had slipped on the muddy path and sustained a lower leg injury. The North East Ambulance Service treated the casualty before we helped to transfer her to the Great North Air Ambulance Service for onward transport to hospital.

The incident involved 9 Team members for 2 hours.

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*** Incident No.33 ***

Thursday 14 July 2016, 19.55hrs

A fell runner in his 70s collapsed whilst competing in the Beacon Hill Fell Race. An North East Ambulance Service crew stationed at the start and finish of the event were swiftly mobilised and made their way up the hill to the casualty.

The Team alongside North of Tyne MRT were mobilised by NEAS, along with the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Unfortunately for us the information initially received on the casualty’s location was inaccurate and our local Team members headed to the opposite end of the race route. The grid reference provided was a nearly 3km from the casualty’s actual location!

In the meantime the helimed was able to land on close to the casualty, treat and evacuate them to hospital. We hope the runner makes a full and swift recovery.

A total of 10 Team members were involved for 45 minutes.

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*** Incident No.26 ***

Thursday 9 June 2016, 19.49hrs

Yesterday evening the Team was requested by the North East Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a fallen climber. The climber had fallen 7m from the crags at Back Bowden Doors (or Dancing Green Hill on the OS map!), he had sustained a wrist and suspected back injuries.

North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded, and working alongside the Great North Air Ambulance Service and the NEAS Hazardous Area Response Team, the casualty was stabilised and evacuated to the awaiting helicopter.

We hope the climber makes a swift recovery and is back out on the crags soon. This is the fourth incident involving a climber in as many weeks.

The incident involved 8 Team members for 1 hour 20 minutes.

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Evacuating the casualty on the stretcher to the helimed at Bowden Doors.
Evacuating the casualty on the stretcher to the helimed at Bowden Doors.
The helimed en-route to hospital, the crags in the background.
The helimed en-route to hospital, the crags in the background.