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Incident No: 24 2017

Date: 05 July 2017
Time: 09.00 hrs
Location: Yearning Saddle, near Lamb Hill

The Team was requested to assist with the evacuation of a walker from the mountain refuge shelter at Yearning Saddle just below Lamb Hill by the North East Ambulance Service yesterday morning. The lone walker had spent the night in the shelter and was suffering from severe abdominal pains. Two other walkers who had also spent the night at the shelter raised the alarm.

The Team and North of Tyne MRT responded immediately from the south and Border Search & Rescue Unit were requested to deploy from the north side of the Border ridge. A member of our controller group was swiftly to the RVP at Blindburn and in discussion with our Incident Officer, who was operating remotely, agreed to proceed with a NEAS Community Paramedic to the casualty.

Thankfully the farmers from Blindburn and Fulhope came to our assistance. Whilst our 4x4s we’re still en-route they provided us with the off-road capability required to get us up the hill.

Whilst all of this was happening the NEAS HART with their Polaris was travelling to the RVP and the MCA helicopter from Prestwick had been deployed. At this stage we had no confirmed condition of the casualty.

Twenty minutes are deploying from Blindburn, a Team member and the Paramedic were in-scene with the casualty. After the initial assessment, the walker was safely evacuated from the hill in the farmer’s pick-up. Skilful driving which saved a lot of leg work!

We hope the walker makes a swift and full recovery. We would like to thank all the agencies involved for their swift and coordinated response and pay particular thanks to the farmers who assisted with evacuation. Much appreciated.

#Teamwork #Team999

The incident involved 12 members and 11 members from BSARU for 2 hours 30 minutes.


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Joint Training Session

We and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team enjoyed a wonderful joint training session with our Scottish cousins from Border Search and Rescue Unit today, just north of the border ridge near Lamb hill.

We compared, contrasted and familiarised ourselves with the different equipment used by the Scottish and English teams. We then looked at the various ways we can protect a stretcher on a steep slope, including the new DMM Talon, before running an exercise to locate a casualty on a steep slope and utilise the appropriate technique to get them down quickly and safely.