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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: 32 2017

Date: 23 July 2017
Time: 17.26hrs
Location: Yearning Saddle Refuge

A female walker sustained an upper leg injury late yesterday afternoon and was unable to weight bare. The female, her partner and their two dogs took refuge in the shelter at Yearning Saddle just below Lamb Hill and called the Police and requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance. By this stage the weather conditions on the hill had deteriorated with heavy rain and low visibility.

North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded immediately, with local members heading straight up the Upper Coquet Valley to Blindburn to liaise with Northumbria Police officers. Two Rescue Team vehicles were also deployed. Borders Search & Rescue Unit were alerted in case additional assistance was required.

Once again the shepherd from Blindburn assisted us by skilfully driving up onto the Border Ridge in his 4×4. Conditions were worse than two weeks ago when he last made the same trip but nevertheless we made it!

Our Team Leader and a Paramedic from the North East Ambulance Service were soon at the refuge shelter where the female was assessed and given pain relief before being assisted into the 4×4. Half an hour later we were safely back down at Blindburn and the female casualty was handed over to a NEAS crewed ambulance.

Thanks again to the shepherd from Blindburn who made our job a lot easier yesterday evening. A long carryover beckoned…!

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The incident involved for 16 Team members for 4 hours.

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Incident No: 12 2017

Date: 12 March 2017
Time: 13.29hrs
Location: Cragside Estate, near Rothbury

The spring weather yesterday brought lots of people out into Northumberland. For one lady her day didn’t end so well, when she slipped and sustained a serious upper leg injury whilst walking in the Cragside estate.

The North East Ambulance Service requested the assistance of Mountain Rescue to evacuate the lady from a hard to reach location near to Nelly Moss Lakes. The lady received treatment from the Community Paramedic before members of the Team and some from North of Tyne MRT carried the lady on a Bell stretcher 500 metres along a slippery path to the awaiting Ambulance.

We hope the lady makes a full and swift recovery.

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The incident involved 12 Team members for 1 hour 50 minutes.

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Incident No: 11 2017

Date: 7 March 2017
Time: 14.51hrs
Location: Harthope Valley, near Wooler

Mid-afternoon yesterday the Team and North of Tyne MRT were requested by Northumbria Police to assist with the rescue of a female walker. The female had fallen and sustained a lower arm injury. The exact location was unknown but was believed to be on the footpath between Langleeford Farm and Scotsman Knowe.

The female’s husband raised the alarm having walked downstream to the nearest inhabited farmhouse at Langleeford.

Two Landrover ambulances were swiftly despatched whilst our Incident Officer travelled directly to the scene. Thankfully enroute the Teams were notified that a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic from Wooler had been able to access the female’s location just upstream of Langleeford Hope. The Paramedic was able to walk the casualty back to their vehicle and the Teams were stood down.

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The incident involved 11 Team members for 1 hour.

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Incident No: 08 2017

Date: 12 February 2017
Time:15.02hrs
Location: Windy Gyle

The Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were activated by Northumbria Police yesterday afternoon. Initial reports indicated that 10 walkers and 2 dogs were stranded on Windy Gyle and two of the group were suffering from hypothermia.

Local Team members were deployed immediately to head up onto Windy Gyle. Additional members and resources from were also deployed along with a request for support from north of the Border. Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Border Search & Rescue Unit duly responded.

As members were nearing summit of Windy Gyle, further information suggested the walkers had headed east to try to locate some shelter. After 3.5 hours in challenging winter conditions the group of walkers were located. Team members had to wade through three to four foot snow drifts, sometimes even crawl, to reach the walkers’ location.

All the walkers were suffering from the effects of cold, with three requiring more urgent treatment and evacuation. A Doctor from TVMRT and a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic (and MR Team member) assessed all of the walkers. A Coastguard helicopter was requested and Rescue 999 from Prestwick made a valiant effort almost reaching the walkers’ location. Cloud on the tops and drifting snow, however, prevented further progress.

The back up plan was for the farmer from Rowhope in his tracked vehicle to transport the casualties requiring immediate evacuation down to the valley and for the remaining members of the group to be walked off by MR members. The plan was duly put into practice.

The walkers and Team members were all safely off the hill by 00.11hrs, Monday morning. A number were taken direct to hospital after a further assessment by the North East Ambulance Service and we hope they make a swift recovery from their ordeal.

Our Team Leader, Iain Nixon, said “I would thank all the agencies involved and in particular praise the efforts of the farmer from Rowhope, without whose assistance the rescue would have taken much longer. The collective efforts of all involved ensured a successful outcome.”

Tweed Valley MRT were also assisted by the farmer from Cocklawfoot with another ATV.

The incident involved 64 Mountain Rescue Team members from both sides of the Border for 10 hours 20 minutes.

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Casualty site on the NW corner of Hazely Law wood
Trackers of hill parties approaching from the South and North
Trackers of hill parties approaching from the South and North
Loading the first casualties in the ATV
Loading the first casualties in the ATV
Last Team members and kit making their way off the hill
Last Team members and kit making their way off the hill

 

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*** Incident No.67 ***

Monday 19 December 2016, 11.30hrs

A lone male became unwell whilst walking in the Cheviot Hills this morning. Information received from the Police suggested the walker was in and out of consciousness. At this stage the exact location of the walker was unknown although indications were that he was on Hedgehope Hill.

The Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team deployed immediately to rendezvous in the Harthope valley. SARLOC, the location App, was used successfully and the walker’s location was identified as being between Hedgehope and Long Crag. With this information, one of our Landrovers was re-directed to access the casualty’s location from Threestoneburn Wood whilst Team members headed up from the Harthope valley.

Given the seriousness of the situation, air support was also requested by our Incident Controller. A MCA helicopter from Prestwick, Rescue 999, was tasked to the incident and arrived on scene within 50 minutes.

Team members and a North East Ambulance Service Paramedic were transported up to the casualty’s location by the local farmer from Langleeford using his quad and trailer. The farmer’s support was very much appreciated.

Once the casualty had been assessed by the Paramedic from Rescue 999, Team members assisted the crew in carrying the stretcher to the awaiting S92 helicopter. The casualty was then flown to the RVI in Newcastle for further treatment.

The Team would also like to thank the passing walker who came across the casualty and provided immediate care before the emergency services arrived. The walker’s actions certainly helped to save a life.

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The incident involved 13 Team members for 2 hours 10 minutes.

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*** Incident No.52 ***

Sunday 18 September, 15.02hrs

After a brief quiet spell, the Team’s assistance was requested for an injured mountain biker competing in the Breamish Bohemoth XC Mountain Bike Challenge. Working alongside the North of Tyne MRT, North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police, we responded to the incident.

The male mountain biker had sustained a head injury having fallen off his bike on the track between two remote farms, Low Bleakhope and Ewartly Shank.

A MRT Land Rover was able to access the location and additional Team members were kindly transported to the site by the shepherd at Ewartly Shank, thank you. The casualty was assessed and stabilised before being transported in the Landrover ambulance to Alnham for transfer to a crewed Ambulance. A Community Paramedic was also on hand at Ewartly Shank to provide support to the Mountain Rescue advanced casualty carers.

We hope the mountain biker makes a full and swift recovery.

The incident involved 14 Team members for 2.5 hours.

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*** Incident No.37 ***

Tuesday 3 August 2016, 17.00hrs
St Cuthberts Cave, Northumberland
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by NEAS to assist a female walker who had slipped at St Cuthberts Cave and sustained a lower leg injury. Initial treatment was administered by the on scene Paramedic and the casualty was evacuated by Team Land Rover to a road Ambulance.
The incident involved 11 members for 2 hours.
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*** Incident No.29 ***

Saturday 18 June 2016, 12.06hrs

The Team was activated by the North East Ambulance Service at just after midday for a female who had fallen 4 metres down a rock face at Hareshaw Linn waterfall near Bellingham. The female had sustained serious injuries in the fall, landing in the river and on rocks below the waterfall. Her family raised the alarm.

Alongside North of Tyne MRT, we responded immediately with three Landrover ambulances approaching from different directions. One of the Team members – a Paramedic with the Ambulance Service – was on scene quickly along with the Great North Ambulance Service. Soon after one of our Incident Controllers was on scene to assess the evacuation.

Whilst the NEAS Hazardous Response Team assisted the Air Ambulance crew with stabilising the casualty, we set up a technical rope rescue system to haul the stretcher from below the waterfall up to the bridge. From here we were hoping that the Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick would be able to winch the stretcher on board the aircraft. Unfortunately this was not possible due to the nature of the location and the stretcher had to be carried up a steep slope to the helimed.

A swift flight to hospital then followed. We hope the female involved makes a full and swift recovery.

A great team effort involving multiple agencies.

The incident involved 12 members for 3 hours 20 minutes.

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The scene of the incident below Hareshaw Linn
The scene of the incident below Hareshaw Linn
Preparing the stretcher and checking the casualty before raising the stretcher
Preparing the stretcher and checking the casualty before raising the stretcher.
Sorting out the ropes at the top of the waterfall.
Sorting out the ropes at the top of the waterfall.
Checking on the casualty after the raise.
Checking on the casualty after the raise.

 

The carry up to the helimed
The carry up to the helimed
Nearly out of the trees!
Nearly out of the trees!
Almost to the helimed
Almost to the helimed
Final checks before loading the casualty into the helimed
Final checks before loading the casualty into the helimed
All the emergency services, all lined up!
All the emergency services, all lined up!
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*** Incident No.25 ***

Tuesday 24 May 2016, 14.23hrs

Unfortunately today was not the day for climbers in Northumberland. As we were about to stand down from the previous incident, Northumbria Police activated the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team for a male climber who had fallen at Kyloe Crag.

A Team vehicle which was almost back at our Pegswood Fire Station base was swiftly despatched along with two Team members, whilst the remainder of the Team were called out. A few members travelled from Hadrian’s Wall in the west whilst others not involved in the previous incident headed direct to the scene.

Three Team members and a NEAS Paramedic arrived on scene at approximately the same time, within 30 minutes of the activation. The Paramedic and a Team medic stabilised the casualty who had sustained a serious lower leg injury in his fall.

Given the nature of the terrain and the casualty’s injuries it was deemed a helicopter evacuation was required. Our incident controller requested a Coastguard helicopter for its winching capability, which was duly tasked from Prestwick.

The helicopter on arrival at Kyloe Crag winched the stretcher and casualty on board from the location below the crag. The casualty was then transferred to a crewed Ambulance for onward transport to hospital.

The North East Ambulance Service HART team was also involved in the incident. A true multi-agency response.

Again we hope the climber makes a full and swift recovery.

The incident involved 11 Team members for 2 hours 20 minutes.

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Coastguard helicopter arriving on scene at Kyloe Crags Northumberland.
Coastguard helicopter arriving on scene at Kyloe Crags Northumberland.
Preparing the casualty for winching
Preparing the casualty for winching
Using a smoke flare to guide in the helicopter
Using a smoke flare to guide in the helicopter
Awaiting the winchman from the helicopter
Awaiting the winchman from the helicopter
Using the highline whilst winching
Using the highline whilst winching