Saturday 1 October 2016, 20.15hrs
Nearly 500 Scouts and Explorer Scouts were involved in Operation Twilight yesterday. They were walking in small groups between the drop off points at Bolam and Alwinton, and finding their own way back to Rothbury. Evading capture as they went!
Unfortunately a member of one of the groups sustained an ankle injury and was unable to continue. The Team was called to assist with evacuation. SARLOC, a Smart Phone location app, was used to pin point the location of the group before two Mountain Rescue Land Rovers and members were despatched.
The Land Rovers were almost able to access the group’s location, on the footpath to the SE of Spylaw, round the back of Simonside. Whilst the casualty was assessed, the other group members were transported off the fell. A short stretcher carry to the remaining vehicle then saw the casualty, who was also mildly hypothermic, safely evacuated back to Rothbury.
The casualty was then handed over to the Ambulance service.
The incident involved 7 Team members for 2 hours.
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On Saturday evening the Team assisted the Scouting Association with two participants involved in Operation Twilight. One participant had suffered an asthma attack and the other participant was mildly hypothermic. Both were evacuated in the Team’s Landrover ambulances.
Operation Twilight involves groups of Scouts and Explorers navigating between two points and trying to evade capture. The groups were navigating across South East Northumberland to the finish in Ashington.
The incident involved 3 Team members for 1.5 hours.
At just before 4.30pm, the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were activated by Northumbria Police. A 63 year old male had become lost on Blanchland Moor whilst he was out for a walk. One of our Incident Controllers spoke to the man to try to ascertain a more precise location. Whilst MR vehicles travelled to the area, the Police air support – NPAS 33 – were tasked to search the area around Embley Fell. The walker, who by this stage was mildly hypothermic, was quickly located and evacuated by helicopter to the nearest road. The Mountain Rescue team members on scene warmed up the walker and transported him back to his car at Blanchland.
The incident involved four members and lasted 3 hours.