Date: 18 January 2018
With a Met Office Amber warning over Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, and heavy snow falling over most of the area, Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves in the early hours of yesterday morning. Drivers, navigators and medics were swiftly allocated and made their way to the Teams’ bases at West Denton and Pegswood Fire Stations.
Soon after the North East Ambulance Service also requested our assistance and one 4×4 with a driver and Team medic on board was despatched to transfer a patient to the RVI.
The other four 4x4s, including a Northumberland National Park 4×4 in Rothbury, were then despatched to check the main arterial roads in rural #Northumberland and the main B roads between some of the more highly populated villages. The vehicle trackers show the extent of our travels, checking for stranded motorists and abandoned vehicles.
Whilst driving conditions were very difficult at times and much snow had fallen, conditions started to improve by 06.00hrs. The Teams stood down at 08.30hrs.
The incidents involved 12 Team members for six hours.
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Date: 5 December 2017
Location: Hamsterley Forest, County Durham
Late afternoon on Tuesday our Search Dog handler was placed on standby to assist Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) in locating a missing 15 year old male with autism. The young male had disappeared whilst on a school trip to Hamsterley Forest.
As the search was scaled up, our Search Dog handler was deployed to work alongside other handlers from the North East, TWSMRT, Cleveland MRT and Swaledale MRT. The HM Coastguard helicopter from Humberside was also involved by this stage.
We were then called alongside North of Tyne MRT at 22.32hrs to assist with the search from 08.30hrs the following day should the incident continue overnight. Thankfully as availability responses were being gathered by our Duty Controller, the good news came through that the young male had been located by Forestry Commission workers who had been driving the forest tracks.
A great result and relief for all concerned.
The incident involved 1 Team member and search dog for 4 hours.
Date: 19 July 2017
Location: Newcastle and Durham
Northumbria Police requested our support with a missing person who lived in the Newcastle area and had been last seen in North Shields. SARLOC was used again to try to identify the missing person’s location. No response to SMS was received and no further action was taken by the Team or North of Tyne MRT.
During the above incident, our Duty Controller also received a request from the North East Ambulance Service to assist in locating a casualty on an embankment in the Durham area. Not strictly our area but to provide a timely response a SARLOC SMS was sent by our Duty Controller. The casualty was eventually located by NEAS.
Earlier in the evening our Duty Controller had also been alerted to an incident on the Scottish side of the Cheviots by Border Search & Rescue Unit. At this stage it was for situational awareness and BSARU along with the Scottish Ambulance Service were able to deal with the injured farmer.
A busy evening but thankfully we didn’t need to leave our homes!
The incidents involved 1 Team member for 1 hour 11 minutes.
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