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Incident No: 17 2017

Date: 12 May 2017
Time: 18.42hrs
Location: Cold Law, Cheviot Hills

A male walker in his late 60s was reported lost in thick mist in The Cheviot Hills yesterday evening. Northumbria Police swiftly requested our and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team’s assistance.

Having received details from the Police, our Incident Officer sent a SARLOC message to the walker’s phone. Unfortunately this failed. Thankfully the Incident Officer was able to speak to the walker on his mobile and from the information provided was able to identify a likely location.

The walker who was well equipped was asked to remain at his location whilst the Teams’ 4x4s were deployed to search the prioritised routes. The rest of the Team members were place on standby.

Shortly before 20.00hrs the walker was located to the north of Cold Law above the Harthope valley. He was tired and a bit cold but otherwise okay. He was transported to Wooler, his intended finishing point having started from Kirk Yetholm earlier in the day.

He had walked along the Pennine Way to The Cheviot, descended to Scald Hill and the over to Broadhope Hill before becoming disoriented in the thick mist. A big day out even without the ordeal at the end.

A good result!

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

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*** Incident No.50 ***

Sunday 4 September 2016, 13.18hrs

An incident with a difference!

Early afternoon on Sunday, North of Tyne MRT and ourselves received a request for assistance from Northumbria Police. A Labradoodle dog called Jack had badly injured his leg whilst out for a walk with four human companions. His campanions had just taken him over Scald Hill and were intending to head up to The Cheviot when the accident happened.

Whilst rescuing animals isn’t our main role, we decided to assist not least to relieve Jack’s suffering but also his owners. Our search dog handler and Tess, and our Team Leader, an ex dog handler, made their way to Scald Hill with a light weight stretcher to assist with the evacuation.

Jack was carefully ‘loaded’ into the stretcher before we, a Police Officer, and Jack’s owners and their friends, carried him back to the Harthope Valley. We have since heard that Jack is in hospital awaiting an operation on his leg tomorrow.

We hope Jack makes a full and swift recovery, and not before too long is out walking the hills of Northumberland National Park, with his owners.

The incident involved 3 Team members for 3.5 hours.

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