Date: 15-16 January 2018
Location: Scafell Pike, Lake District
Three Search And Rescue Dog Association England handlers and their dogs, and three Team members as navigators from our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, were placed on standby yesterday to assist the Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue Association with an ongoing, large scale search for a missing walker in the Scafell Pike area of the Lake District. The search was being conducted in full winter conditions.
The handlers, dogs and navigators travelled from #Northumberland in the early hours of this morning to Keswick Mountain Rescue Team‘s base for a briefing. They were then deployed to search a large area around Broad Crag and Ill Crag. Uplift to the area was provided by a Coastguard helicopter.
Thankfully the walker was located in Upper Eskdale, injured but alive, after spending nearly 48 hours out on the hill in winter conditions.
The incident involved 6 Team members for 7 hours.
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Date: 30 December 2017
Time: 11.23 hrs
Location: Peterlee, County Durham
Well we spoke too soon! The quiet spell ended yesterday when Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team requested our assistance along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and Search And Rescue Dog Association England to search for a vulnerable female. The female had been missing overnight in the Peterlee area and given the wintery conditions there was even more of an urgency to the search.
Thankfully at mid-afternoon the female was located, then treated and evacuated by the #MountainRescue teams.
A job well done.
The incident involved 5 Team members and 2 from North of Tyne MRT for 4 hours.
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Yesterday we received some sad news. Search dog Sam lost his battle for life. He had been ill for a few months and had been going up to Edinburgh Vet School for tests and treatment. Unfortunately Sam’s handler, Brian, found out on Friday that there was no other option but to put him to sleep.
During his life Sam has been involved in many searches and had four finds to his name. He has been on television at least twice and in a film.
He made friends with everyone he met and pestered them with his squeaky toys! He will be greatly missed by Brian and his wife and all members of our Team.
Brian’s newest search dog, Tess, now has some big paws to fill but Sam trained her well.
At 01.15hrs on Sunday the Team’s assistance was requested by Northumbria Police for a high risk female missing in the Bedlington area. The missing person’s car had been located at Humford Mill on the River Blyth. Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, we initiated a limited response with an Incident Controller liaising with the Police to prepare a search strategy, and a Search And Rescue Dog Association England handler and a few Team members ready to deploy to search the immediate area. As the search was about to commence, the missing person was located in hospital where she had been since late evening having given false details on arrival in an Ambulance.
Six Team members were involved for 2.5 hours.