Date: 5 December 2017
Location: Hamsterley Forest, County Durham
Late afternoon on Tuesday our Search Dog handler was placed on standby to assist Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) in locating a missing 15 year old male with autism. The young male had disappeared whilst on a school trip to Hamsterley Forest.
As the search was scaled up, our Search Dog handler was deployed to work alongside other handlers from the North East, TWSMRT, Cleveland MRT and Swaledale MRT. The HM Coastguard helicopter from Humberside was also involved by this stage.
We were then called alongside North of Tyne MRT at 22.32hrs to assist with the search from 08.30hrs the following day should the incident continue overnight. Thankfully as availability responses were being gathered by our Duty Controller, the good news came through that the young male had been located by Forestry Commission workers who had been driving the forest tracks.
A great result and relief for all concerned.
The incident involved 1 Team member and search dog for 4 hours.
Date: 10 September 2017
Location: North Tyne Valley
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Northumbria Police requested assistance in an ongoing search for a missing female in the North Tyne valley. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded with Incident Controllers liaising with the Police Search Adviser to agree a search plan.
The Teams were called out soon after and deployed to search paths, tracks and wooded areas near to the missing person’s point last seen. Assistance was also requested from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team to search the banks of the nearby rivers as we had a limited number of water trained members available.
Nearly six hours later the missing female was located by one of our search groups, safe and well, and was soon reunited with her family. A good outcome for all concerned.
The incident involved 25 members for 6 hours 30 minutes.
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Sunday 31 July 2016, 09.19hrs
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was alerted byTeesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team this morning. TWSMRT requested our assistance for an ongoing search in the Stanley area of County Durham for a high risk missing person in their late 20s.
Thankfully the missing person was located as our Incident Controller was about to callout the Teams.
The incident involved one Team member for 5 minutes.
Thursday 28th July 2016, 13.13hrs
Yesterday North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves received a request from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team for assistance. Teesdale had been searching through the night for a male in his 80s, who was missing from home in the Darlington area, and required additional resources for the ongoing search.
A Land Rover and Team members responded immediately, with others able to attend later in the afternoon. The members worked alongside the Police, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, mountain rescue search dogs and Teesdale & Weardale SMRT to search the priority areas.
Thankfully the man was found by one of the search groups after 4 hours of searching. He was evacuated to a crewed Ambulance for onward transfer to hospital. We hope the man is able to leave hospital very soon.
A great effort involving many resources from across the North East.
The incident involved 8 Team members (4 responding immediately) for 7 hours 45 minutes.
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The busy Christmas period for the Team continues with the search for Sally Allan from Darras Hall. The Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by Northumbria Police at 15.45hrs on Boxing Day to assist in the search for Sally. The search will continue today with assistance from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team.
Day one involved 22 Team members and one Mountain Rescue search dog for 7 hours.
The Team alongside the other North East MRTs was put on standby by Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) for a water search in County Durham. The Team had one Water First Responder team and vehicle available. Swaledale MRT is now assisting TWSMRT, and we have been stood down. Here’s hoping it is a positive outcome.
The Team is responding to a request from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team to assist in the search for a vulnerable 81 year old male in the Consett area. TWSMRT have been out all night and our Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team are providing additional and much needed resources today.
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Earlier this afternoon the Team was called to assist the North East Ambulance Service. Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team, we assisted with the extraction of a body from beneath a viaduct, near Hamsterley Mill. Our thoughts go out to the deceased’s family and friends.