Persons reported struggling in the River Wansbeck. A group of young males and females had been drinking all day in Morpeth and after leaving one of the pubs, thought it would be a good idea to take two of the rowing boats, which had been locked up for the night, out onto the river. An eye witness reported seeing the group capsize both of the boats.
That was the scenario which faced a multi-agency response last night. Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, the Coastguard and Mountain Rescue were involved in agreeing and implementing an effective search plan to locate the missing persons. Swiftwater and bankside teams, all in appropriate PPE, a Mountain Rescue search dog team were swiftly deployed by the three agencies, and all the casualties were located, treated and evacuated within an hour and a half.
Thursday 15 December, 14.37hrs
Yesterday afternoon the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded to a request from Northumbria Police to assist in the search for a missing male from the Morpeth area. The male in his early 50s had been missing since Monday.
The search in and around a wooded area in North Northumberland led to a body being located. A sad end for all concerned.
Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.
The incident involved 20 Team members and one Search Dog for 6 hours 30 minutes.
Tuesday 4 October 2016, 21.49hrs
Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne MRT and ourselves in a search for a missing person from Rothbury in Northumberland. The missing person was last seen in Morpeth earlier in the afternoon.
Thankfully as our Incident Controllers were travelling to liaise with the Police Search Adviser, the missing person was located safe and well.
The incident involved 4 Team members for 15 minutes.
At just before 11.00hrs today, Northumbria Police requested mountain rescues assistance in the search for Lloyd Neale in the Morpeth area. Ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were involved, alongside the swiftwater team from Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service.
Whilst the terrain wasn’t hilly the undergrowth made for some challenging searching. The search has been stood down for this evening whilst the Police undertake further investigations.
The incident involved 23 members for 8 hours.