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Incident No: 58 2017

Date: 18 November 2017
Time: 15.06hrs
Location: Upper Harthope valley

Mid-afternoon on Saturday a female walker in her early 60s slipped and sustained an injury to her ankle. She had fallen on steep ground, half a kilometre upstream of Harthope Linn. Her companion had to leave her location to raise the alarm due to poor mobile service.

Northumbria Police alerted North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves, and a callout was swiftly initiated. Local Team members were on scene with the casualty at the remote location in just over an hour.

Our Medic was joined by a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic, both of whom administered pain relief to the casualty. Other Team members ferried kit from our vehicles at Langleeford Hope in case a stretcher carry was required.

Due to casualty’s condition and the location, our Incident Officer requested a Coastguard helicopter. The Team would like to thank the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 from Prestwick for their skilful flying and enabling a swifter evacuation of the casualty to hospital in Melrose.

We would also like to pay tribute to the walkers who kept our casualty company whilst we were en-route.

All being well our casualty will make a full and swift recovery. We would like to wish her well.

The incident involved 20 Team members for 5 hours 40 minutes.

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Group shelter protecting the casualty — in Wooler, Northumberland.
Rescue 199 approaching casualty site
Our medic undertaking final checks before winching
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Incident No: 51 2017

Date: 16 October 2017
Time: 09.48hrs
Location: Whittingham

On Monday morning North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves deployed to assist Northumbria Police in the ongoing search for Damion Willcock from Whittingham. Damion was last seen by his family at 10.00am on Sunday.

In conjunction with the Police Search Adviser, our Incident Officer devised a search plan which was implemented and reviewed over the two days of the search. Working alongside Northumbria Police officers, a body was sadly located on day two of the search, in one of the prioritised wooded areas.

Our thoughts are with Damion’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

The incident involved 20 Team members and two search dogs for 9 hours and 45 minutes on day one, and 19 members and one search dog on day two for 7 hours.

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Incident No: 46 2017

Date: 10 September 2017
Time: 03.20hrs
Location: North Tyne Valley

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Northumbria Police requested assistance in an ongoing search for a missing female in the North Tyne valley. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded with Incident Controllers liaising with the Police Search Adviser to agree a search plan.

The Teams were called out soon after and deployed to search paths, tracks and wooded areas near to the missing person’s point last seen. Assistance was also requested from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team to search the banks of the nearby rivers as we had a limited number of water trained members available.

Nearly six hours later the missing female was located by one of our search groups, safe and well, and was soon reunited with her family. A good outcome for all concerned.

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The incident involved 25 members for 6 hours 30 minutes.

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Incident No: 42 2017

Date: 27 August 2017
Time: 18.33hrs
Location: Auchope Shelter

The busy Bank Holiday weekend continues. A female walker had sustained a knee injury and was unable to weight bare whilst walking in The Cheviots. The injured walker and her three companions decided to call for the assistance of Mountain Rescue and took shelter in the Auchope refuge hut on the Border Ridge.

North of Tyne MRT and ourselves swiftly responded with two local members travelling direct to the College Valley and two Team Land Rovers from our respective bases with two Team members on board each. The RVP was Mounthooly bunkhouse.

In parallel Border Search & Rescue Unit deployed from the Scottish side of the border with two Landrovers. They intended to approach the refuge from the Bowmont valley whilst we approached from the upper College valley.

Thankfully for us the Estate Manager for College Valley and a colleague were able to assist by transporting a Team member onto the hill in their ATV. The ATV was then used to evacuate the injured walker and one other member of the party. Our Team member then walked the other two members of the party off the hill before being transported the remainder of the journey back to Mounthooly in a Team Land Rover.

The walkers were then transported in a Team Land Rover (or taxi!) back to their car in the Harthope Valley. They never quite made it to the top of The Cheviot – their objective for the day – so we hope they’ll be back up this way again once our casualty has made a full recovery.

We would particularly like to thank Steven and Mark from the College Valley Estate for their assistance during this rescue.

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The incident involved 9 Team members for 4 hours. The rest of the Team were on standby in case more assistance was required.

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Incident No: 41 2017

Date: 26 August 2017
Time: 18.35hrs
Location: Housesteads, Hadrian’s Wall

The Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were contacted by Northumbria Police to assist in locating and evacuating a male who was suffering severe chest pains. The request for assist had come initially from the North East Ambulance Service.

The male was located 1/4 mile from Milecastle 37 just to the west of Housesteads. Due to the nature of the male’s condition, helicopter support was requested. The Great North Air Ambulance Service responded and was able to land on near the casualty, before flying them to hospital.

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The incident involved 2 Team members for 56 minutes.

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Incident No: 40 2017

Date: 26 August 2017
Time: 06.02hrs
Location: Prudhoe

Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne and ourselves in locating a high risk female in her early 50s. The female was believed to be in the Prudhoe area of Northumberland.

Our Duty Controller used SARLOC but unfortunately the missing person did not respond to the SMS message. As our Duty Controller was liaising with the Police, we were notified that the female had been found.

The incident involved 2 Team members for 32 minutes.

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Incident No: 39 2017

Date: 14 August 2017
Time: 16.43hrs
Location: Kielder Dam

Two campers were reported missing by the Forestry Commission late yesterday afternoon. Initially a group of three, the campers had got their car stuck off a track near Chirdon Head where they had been camping. One remained with the car whilst the two others went for help. The weather at Kielder was poor and as such there was a level of concern for their wellbeing.

Northumbria Police requested support from North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves. As two of our incident controllers were liaising with Northumbria Police officers and the Forestry Commission at Kielder and our Incident Officer was working with the Force Operations Manager on a search plan, news came in that the two campers had been located in the Blackcock Inn at Falstone. They were waiting on a tow truck!?!

A well intentioned call to #999PoliceThenMountainRescue and at least everyone was safe and well.

The incident involved 7 members for 2 hours 45 minutes.

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Incident No: 37 2017

Date: 6 August 2017
Time: 14.08hrs
Location: Bamburgh Castle

Northumbria Police requested our support, alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, to assist in organising and coordinating a search for a missing 7 year old child around the beach area of Bamburgh Castle. The Coastguard and RNLI had also been requested along with the NPAS helicopter.

The Teams were placed on standby while more information was gained and a search strategy developed.

Shortly after being placed on standby, the NPAS helicopter located the child on the beach who was then picked up by a Police officer.

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Incident No: 36 2017

Date: 5 August 2017
Time: 19.00hrs
Location: Gosforth Park

Northumbria Police requested our support, alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, to locate a missing person in the Gosforth Park area. A Sarloc Rescue message was sent to the missing person. Shortly after, it was confirmed that the missing person had been located by Northumbria Police.

The incident involved 1 Team member for 7 minutes.

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Incident No: 35 2017

Date: 30 July 2017
Time: 17.00hrs
Location: Caw Gap, Hadrians Wall

The North East Ambualance Service requested our assistance, along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, to help extract a female casualty from a difficult to access location along the Hadrians Wall path. The casualty had fallen, sustaining limb and head injuries. She was treated by NEAS before being carried by Mountain Rescue stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

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The incident involved 12 Team members for 2.5 hours.

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