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Incident No: 66 2018

Date: 18 March 2018
Time: 01.35 hrs
Location: Fencehouses

In the very early hours of Sunday morning, the Duty Controller operating on behalf of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded to a request for support from Northumbria Police. A vulnerable male in his early 40s has been reported missing from home.

As our Duty Controller, in conjunction with the Police Search Adviser, was preparing a search plan, the missing person returned home, safe and well.

Then it was back to bed for our Duty Controller!

The incident involved 1 Team member for 35 minutes.



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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: 14 2018

Date: 17 February 2018
Time: 05:53hrs
Location: Whitburn, South Shields

Northumbria Police contacted the joint North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Teamand Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team controller group to request assistance with a search for a missing female in her mid-70s. The female who is living dementia went missing from home in Whitburn, near South Shields.

As part of a #MultiAgency response, the MRTs were tasked to search inland areas to the west of Whitburn. At the same time the coastal strip was being searched by the HM Coastguard teams. The HM Coastguard helicopter from Humberside was also tasked to provide support.

By mid-morning the missing person was found safe and well. A great outcome, much to the relief of all concerned.


The incident involved 15 Team members for 5 hours 5 minutes.


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Incident No: 11 2018

Date: 12 February 2018
Time: 23.13 hrs
Location: Seaton Burn

Late last night Northumbria Police requested the support of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves in searching for a high risk missing female. The female in her late 50s had been reported missing from home, earlier in the evening.

A search plan was developed by our Incident Officer in conjunction with the Police Search Adviser. Search groups and two Search And Rescue Dog Association England dog teams were then deployed to search high priority routes and areas to the west of Seaton Burn and towards the Big Waters Country Park. The search proved negative and the Teams were stood down in the early hours of this morning.

As most members were heading into work after only a couple of hours sleep, the Police notified us that the missing person had been found safe and well in a property by a family member. We hope the female now receives the support she needs.


The incident involved 21 members and 2 search dogs for 6 hours 40 minutes.


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Incident No: 10 2018

Date: 10 February 2018
Time: 00.21hrs
Location: n/a

In the early hours of Saturday morning Northumbria Police requested support with a missing person. The Duty Controller for North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded, sending a SARLOC text to the missing person’s mobile. Unfortunately no response was received and the Police confirmed no further action from #MountainRescue was required.

The incident involved 1 Team member for 7 hours 10 minutes.



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Incident No: 08 2018

Date: 26 January 2018
Time: 02.06hrs
Location: Bellingham

Another day, another incident making three incidents in three days for North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves.

Northumbria Police contacted the Teams in the early hours of yesterday. A male in his mid-80s had been reported missing from his home in Heaton by a relative. Initial information suggested that the male may have headed to Northumberland for a walk. With limited information our incident controller group, working with the Police Search Adviser, explored possible scenarios.

Over the next few hours the Police continued their enquiries; eventually it became apparent that the elderly male was safe and well, having spent the night in bed at Bellingham Youth Hostel.

Please can we remind walkers or other outdoor users to leave details of their intended plans/routes with a relative or friend to help the Emergency Services including the volunteer #MountainRescue Teams to coordinate a response in the event of them being reported overdue.

#Team999 #MultiAgencyWorking

The incident involved 4 Team members for 5 hours 40 minutes.


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Incident No: 07 2018

Date: 25 January 2018
Time: 15.41hrs
Location: South Shields

Northumbria Police activated ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team yesterday afternoon to assist in the search for an elderly female. The vulnerable female had been reported missing from a care home.

As our Incident Officer and Team members were travelling to South Shields, the good news came in that the female had been located. She had been found in the town centre, safe and well. The HM Coastguard NE were also attending.

A good, swift outcome for all concerned.


The incident involved 14 Team members for 1 hour 30 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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