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*** Incident No.66 ***

Thursday 15 December, 14.37hrs

Yesterday afternoon the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded to a request from Northumbria Police to assist in the search for a missing male from the Morpeth area. The male in his early 50s had been missing since Monday.

The search in and around a wooded area in North Northumberland led to a body being located. A sad end for all concerned.

Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.

The incident involved 20 Team members and one Search Dog for 6 hours 30 minutes.

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Search Dog Sam, 2007-2016

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.

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Sam