Date: 15-16 January 2018
Location: Scafell Pike, Lake District
Three Search And Rescue Dog Association England handlers and their dogs, and three Team members as navigators from our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, were placed on standby yesterday to assist the Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue Association with an ongoing, large scale search for a missing walker in the Scafell Pike area of the Lake District. The search was being conducted in full winter conditions.
The handlers, dogs and navigators travelled from #Northumberland in the early hours of this morning to Keswick Mountain Rescue Team‘s base for a briefing. They were then deployed to search a large area around Broad Crag and Ill Crag. Uplift to the area was provided by a Coastguard helicopter.
Thankfully the walker was located in Upper Eskdale, injured but alive, after spending nearly 48 hours out on the hill in winter conditions.
The incident involved 6 Team members for 7 hours.
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Tuesday 27 September, 08.17hrs
Teesdale & Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) requested the Team’s assistance for what turned out to be a major search for a 40 year old grouse beater. The male went missing at 3.00 pm on Monday 26th September on Warcop Fell near the top of Lunedale County Durham. After searching for two hours without success his fellow beaters contacted the Police and Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team were contacted.
As time progressed realising that there was a huge potential search area help was requested from neighbouring MRTs, including TWSMRT. The search escalated overnight and in the early hours to involve teams from the Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue Association, the Yorkshire Dales Rescue Panel, the whole of the North East Search and Rescue Association, a RAF Mountain Rescue Team, 8 search dogs from the Search And Rescue Dog Association England and the Lake District Search & Rescue Dog Association, a and ourselves.
Conditions for searchers overnight were horrendous, and even in the daylight of Tuesday low cloud over the hills hampered the search.
As the weather improved and after a massive effort, the beater was found by a search group at 2.15pm today. He was warmed up and returned to the road safe and well. A good outcome for all concerned.
The incident involved 8 Team members for 9 hours 45 minutes.
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