Date: 23 March 2019
Last Saturday morning Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s support in locating a high risk, missing female in her 70s. The female was last seen in the Winlaton area.
The Duty Controller acting on behalf of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves liaised with the Police Search Adviser to discuss and agree a plan, whilst drivers were allocated to vehicles and search dog handlers readied for deployed. The two MRTs were also placed on standby should the search escalate.
Thankfully following Police enquiries the female was located on public transport, safe and well. A good outcome for all concerned.
Date: 2 March 2019
Location: Harthope Valley near Wooler
Two walkers and their dog reported themselves ‘lost’ in The Cheviots whilst trying to walk back to their vehicle which was parked in the Harthope valley. They had been ‘lost’ for some time. #PhoneFind was used to try to locate the walkers and our Duty Controller rang the walkers but unfortunately by this time they’d moved location and were out of mobile reception.
North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves swiftly deployed a hasty team of four members and a Mountain Rescue search dog. A blue light response vehicle with a further two members was also mobilised.
Thankfully with relatively clear skies the walkers had managed to find their way down to a track near Langleeford Farm where they were located by Northumbria Police officers as the hasty team arrived at the RVP.
The walkers had struggled to find their way off the hill as unfortunately they had no torches. While we will always turn out for those in need, this particular incident was avoidable. Could we ask our followers, however, not to criticise the walkers as this could have happened to the most experienced of us and we hope that the walkers have learnt from their experience.
Please can we remind all walkers to go well equipped for the conditions and particularly during the winter months to carry a torch and a spare one too.
The incident involved 9 Team members for 1 hour 15 minutes. A further 9 members were on standby throughout.
Date: 28 February 2019
Location: Haltwhistle area
An elderly male was reported missing in the Haltwhistle area. He had been last seen in the Milecastle Inn the previous evening. Due to the urgency to locate the vulnerable male, Northumbria Police requested the assistance of ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team.
Initial scenarios and search plans were discussed with the Police Search Adviser. Our drones were to be deployed to overfly the immediate area around the point last seen and crewed vehicles were to search the remote rural roads and tracks in the area.
Thankfully as our Duty Controller was deploying our resources, the missing gentleman was found, safe and well. A good outcome for all concerned.
Date: 16 February 2019
Time: 13.10 hrs
The North East Ambulance Service requested our assistance, alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, following a teenager falling from his bike in a remote location sustaining a lower leg injury. Following assessment, the casualty was placed on a Mountain Rescue stretcher and carried to a waiting crewed ambulance for onward transport to hospital.
Date: 9 February 2019
Time: 16.32 hrs
Location: Harthope Valley, near Wooler
A lone female walker reported herself lost in The Cheviots in Northumberland National Park. Limited information on her whereabouts was available to Northumbria Police and our Duty Controller as the 999 call had dropped out due to poor mobile reception. The mobile was, however, traced to a location between Langleeford and Langleeford Hope in the Harthope Valley near Wooler.
Our Duty Controller swiftly sent a PhoneFind text and follow up text to the female’s mobile prior to contacting the Police control room. As he was liaising with the Police, news came in that the female had been located, safe and well, near to Langleeford.
The Kielder Classic Car Run and Classic Car Show are annual events based at Kielder Castle, with it being the 100th anniversary of the Forestry Commission it was decided that there should also be a classic Land Rover run and a classic tractor run as these vehicles played a huge part in the development of the Forestry Commission. The Land Rover part will be open to Land Rover Series models as well as Defender models.
The Land Rover Run will take place in the Kielder Forest complex and will be along tracks not normally open to the public. With it being the 100th anniversary of the Forestry Commission, we are hoping that we can get 100 Land Rovers to take part in the event.
Date: 20 January 2019
Location: Derwent Valley
As the glider incident was drawing to a close, Northumbria Police requested our and North of Tyne MRT’s assistance with a high risk missing person. The male had left home in Whickham at 13.00hrs on Sunday and was last seen in the Derwent walk area.
The initial request was for use of PhoneFind, no response to the text was received. Overnight developments led by the Police Search Adviser resulted in further discussions between our Mountain Rescue Duty Controller, on Monday morning. As plans were being put together for deployment, Police sadly located a body.
The incident involved 2 Team members for 14 hours.
Yesterday afternoon saw ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team involved in a dramatic and challenging multi-agency incident for a crashed glider. The pilot and glider had crashed high on the south east side of The Cheviot. After receiving the initial activation from Northumbria Police, the Teams were immediately called out and a hasty team of two members were deployed onto the hill within 40 minutes to try locate the crashed glider as soon as possible. Progress was hampered by snow storms and the low cloud base, which meant the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was unable to land near to the crash site.
Further Team members with a rescue equipment, the medical team from GNAAS and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service personnel with lightweight cutting equipment were then airlifted by the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick to Scald Hill. From there they had to make progress on foot to the crash site. By this time the Mountain Rescue hasty team had located the crashed glider. After which further hill parties were deployed with technical rope rescue kit to assist with lowering the stretcher to below the cloud base.
A 400m stretcher lower in darkness down the side of The Cheviot then followed to a location below the cloud base. Thankfully the Coastguard helicopter was able to land on and the glider pilot was transferred into the helicopter for a short flight to hospital.
The Teams would like to pay particular thanks to the two walkers who went to the aid of the pilot and remained with him until Mountain Rescue personnel arrived on scene. They did an exceptional job of keeping the pilot calm and provided him with additional clothing. We would also like to thank the game keeper who transported two Team members up onto the hill on his quad bike.
We hope the glider pilot makes a full and swift recovery from his ordeal.