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Incident No: 65 2018

Date: 11 March 2017
Time: 12.41 hrs
Location: Shillmoor, Upper Coquetdale

On Sunday we were involved a major, multi-agency search for the driver of a vehicle after it was reported in the river near Shillmoor. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves worked alongside Northumbria Police and their Marine Unit, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service’s Swiftwater teams, and the North East Ambulance Service‘s HART team. NPAS Newcastle was also deployed to overfly the area.

We deployed our specially trained and equipped Swiftwater & Flood First Responders and air-scenting search dogs to search the river banks downstream of where the vehicle was located.

Tragically, late afternoon on Sunday, a body was located downstream of Shillmoor.

Our Team Leader, Iain Nixon, said “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends as well as with the wider community in Upper Coquetdale at this very difficult time.”

The incident involved 22 Team members for 7 hours.


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The Beast From The East MRT Response

Our #MountainRescue volunteers have been out yesterday afternoon and overnight assisting North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Policedealing with the extreme weather the North East has experienced. Working alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, we’ve been deployed in our 4x4s on blue light responses to patients in need of urgent care, patient transfers from rural locations to hospital and a number of RTCs involving stranded motorists in #snow drifts.

Our Mountain Rescue England and Wales 4×4 resources with medics on board have been up to Cornhill near Coldstream, out to Bellingham in the west and down to Allendale in the south of our operational area. Driving conditions can only be described as treacherous.

In total we have responded to 15 incidents in less than 24 hours. More details will be provided when conditions ease. We’re currently changing shifts.

#BeastfromtheEast #StaySafe

#Volunteers #Dedicated #Team999

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Incident No: 15 2018

Date: 18 February 2018
Time: 13:37hrs
Location: Hartburn, near Morpeth

An end to a busy week for the #MountainRescue teams in #Northumberland.

North of Tyne MRT and ourselves were called out yesterday afternoon to assist the North East Ambulance Service and other agencies involved in an incident near Hartburn. The technical rope rescue skills of the MRTs were requested to help access a young child who had fallen 40 feet down a steep/vertical bank to the riverside.

Thankfully whilst en-route we were notified that an alternative route into the child’s location had been found and that the child had only suffered minor injuries. The teams were duly stood down.

The incident involved 21 Team members for 25 minutes.


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Incident No: 06 2018

Date: 24 January 2018
Time: 10.52hrs
Location: Belsay Castle

The North East Ambulance Service requested the support of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves in locating and evacuating an elderly male who had suffered a fall near Belsay Castle.

SARLOC – the location App – was used by our Duty Controller and the Teams were on standby in case our assistance was required. Soon after the NEAS Hazardous Area Response Team located the casualty and determined they could deal with the situation.

The incident involved 4 Team members for 1 hour and 10 minutes.


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Incident No: 04 & 05 2018

Date: 18 January 2018
Time: 02.32hrs
Location: Northumberland

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.

#Team999 #MultiAgencyWorking


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Incident No: 59 2017

Date: 25 November 2017
Time: 13.07hrs
Location: West Spital Shield Farm

On Saturday afternoon the North East Ambulance Service requested our support in evacuating a teenager who had fallen off her horse near West Spital Shield Farm on Spitalshield Moor. The ambulance crew due to the remote location and icy conditions on the moors were unable to access the casualty.

At the point we were called, the Great North Air Ambulance Service was already enroute. We and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team agreed to remain on standby whilst it was determined whether the air support could access the casualty’s location. Thankfully this was the case and the young female was swiftly transported to hospital and the Team’s stood down.

The incident involved two Team members for 32 minutes.


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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
Winching complete
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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.



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: 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.


The incident involved 12 Team members for 2.5 hours.


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