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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: 52 2017

Date: 16 October 2017
Time: 09.55hrs
Location: Auchope Shelter, Pennine Way

As one of our incident controllers was liaising with Northumbria Police regarding incident number 51, more details to follow, a second request for support came in. This time for an injured female walker who had spent the night in the Auchope Mountain Refuge Hut. The female had been walking the Pennine Way and on descending from Auchope Cairn on Sunday had damaged her ankle. Being well equipped she decided to spend the night in the shelter before trying to finish her journey the following day.

Unfortunately with the prevailing weather and the state of her ankle, the walker rightly requested help from Mountain Rescue. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded from the College Valley and Border Search & Rescue Unit from Sourhope Farm on the Scottish side of the border. We were assisted by the College Valley Estates, once again, with the use of one of their ATVs.

The walker was ultimately evacuated down to Sourhope Farm by the Border’s team.

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Having got so close to completing the Pennine Way, we hope the female makes a swift recovery and returns to complete the last few miles.

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The incident involved 18 Team members for 2 hours 20 minutes.

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Incident No: 49 2017

Date: 2 October 2017
Time: 20.24hrs
Location: Hexham area

Earlier in the week members of our joint controller group with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded to a request for support from Northumbria Police to help locate a vulnerable female. SARLOC – the text based location App – was used but unfortunately the female did not respond to the text. The female was, however, located shortly afterwards by Police Officers in a field close to her home address.

The incident involved 4 members for 1 hour 10 minutes.

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Incident No: 48 2017

Date: 28 September 2017
Time: 19.59hrs
Location: Hexham

We received a SARCALL activation from Northumbria Police at 19.59 hrs to assist with a search for a vulnerable female in her early 70s who was last seen by her husband in a supermarket carpark in Hexham.

The Police already had officers on the ground searching and had called in the National Police Air Support Unit to assist.

The Team and North of Tyne MRT were placed on standby and drivers were arranged whilst our controller liaised with the Police to gain more information to aid deployment.

Whilst we were talking to the Police control room, the good news came through that the female had been located safe and well.

The teams were stood down and normal family life resumed!

The incident involved three members for 30 minutes.

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Hitachi Visit

Earlier in the week four members from our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team went to Hitachi Construction Machinery to receive a £2,000 donation.

Following a fundraising appeal over the last few months, both Teams are now celebrating having reached their collective fundraising target of £32,000 thanks to the Hebburn-based business, that now allows us to purchase a new digital radio system.

As charities, all #MountainRescueTeams rely heavily on support from the public and local businesses. As a Team we have also received other generous donations towards the new digital radio system, including £12,500 from The Henfrey Trust. The remaining money was raised thanks to contributions from members of the public and supporters of the Mountain Rescue through our Justgiving campaign.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us to raise the funds needed.

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Incident No: 47 2017

Date: 24 September 2017
Time: 02.53hrs
Location: Seahouses

In the early hours of this morning Northumbria Police requested our support in locating a high risk missing person in the Seahouses and Beadnell area of Northumberland. Given the information available, deploying the Team and North of Tyne MRT was not required. Instead, the Duty Controller assisted by liaising with the Police Search Adviser and sending a SARLOC to the misper’s phone before monitoring for a response.

The National Police Air Support unit was utilised and Police Officers provided ground support. The misper was located 45 minutes later.

Back to bed by 4.00am!!

The incident involved two members for 45 minutes.

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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: 45 2017

Date: 2 September 2017
Time: 18.03hrs
Location: Drake Stone, Harbottle

Take Two…

As the first pint was being drunk after the Cotswold Outdoor sponsored #Cheviot2017 Challenge, Northumbria Police activated North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves for a re-run of a rescue we performed at a similar time last year.

A 11 year old boy became crag fast after climbing to the top of the Drake Stone. Thankfully the RV was just down the valley from Rose & Thistle at Alwinton and we were swiftly on scene.

After two members climbed to the top of the Stone, a technical rope rescue system was used to lower one of the Team members and the boy safely to the ground.

We think he really enjoyed the ride!

After clearing the incident site, sorting the kit and a quick ‘hot debrief’ it was back to the pub for a well earned drink and barbecue. All in a day’s work!

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The incident involved 15 Team members for 1 hour 30 minutes. Another 10 members looked after our pints at the bar!!

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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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