Date: 23 and 24 June 2018
North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were called out by Northumbria Police on Saturday to assist in the search for 74 year old Walter Hutton in the Greenhead area.
Sadly just after midday on Sunday a body was located. Our thoughts go out to Walter’s family and friends, and the local community at this difficult time.
The Teams were assisted by a Swiftwater Rescue Team from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, two Search And Rescue Dog Association England teams from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team. Additional members from TWSMRT were also available should we have needed them.
The incident involved 20 members on day one for 8 hours and 16 members on day two for 4 hours.
Date: 2 May 2018
Time: 01.20 hrs
Location: Kirk Fell, Lake District
In the early hours of Wednesday morning our Search And Rescue Dog Association England handler and dog deployed to assist with an ongoing search for a missing fell runner in the Lake District. He joined teams from the Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue Association and other search dog teams from England. Details of this tragic incident can be found in the below article.
Our thoughts go out to the runner’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
The incident involved 1 Team member and a search dog for 10 hours 55 minutes.
Date: 27 April 2018
Time: 20.33 hrs
Location: Pennine Way, Cheviot Hills
As Team members were settling down for a Friday night in, Border Search and Rescue Unit requested our support for an overdue walker on the #PennineWay. As part of our agreed #CrossBorder procedure, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded. The walker in his 70s had been last seen at Phillip’s Cross as they headed along the Border Ridge towards Cocklawfoot in the Bowmont Water valley on the Scottish side.
This gave us an initial linear route of 25km to search in the dark!
As temperatures were falling to zero degrees on the tops of the hills, hasty teams from both sides of the Border and a Search And Rescue Dog Association England team were deployed. A #Coastguard helicopter was also requested to assist.
Whilst other members were travelling to Upper Coquetdale in Northumberland National Park, news came in that the walker had made their way safely off the hill to Barrowburn farm. He had made a ‘slight’ navigational error near #WindyGyle, heading south into England instead of north into Scotland. Oops!
A big ‘thank you’ to the farmer and his wife at Barrowburn for the much needed cups of tea!
The incident involved 15 Team members for 3 hours.
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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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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.