Date: 8 September 2018
On Saturday afternoon, the North East Ambulance Service requested Mountain Rescue’s support for an injured climber on the north face of Simonside. North of Tyne MRT and ourselves immediately responded with local members arriving on scene a few minutes behind the Community Paramedic and first responder.
The climber had fallen approximately 10 metres before landing awkwardly on the ground below the crag.
After a full assessment and pain relieve being administered, the casualty was evacuated on a Mountain Rescue stretcher to the crewed Ambulance. Due to the nature of the terrain, a technical rope rescue system was used to safeguard the stretcher and the casualty.
The Teams were assisted by the climber’s friends and the NEAS HART team. We wish the climber a swift and full recovery from his injuries.
The incident involved 15 Team members for 3 hours 10 minutes.
Around midday yesterday a climber fell 3 metres whilst bouldering on the crags in Hepburn Woods. The climber sustained a lower leg injury. Due to the likely location of the casualty, the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) requested the assistance of the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team.
The Teams responded immediately deploying a vehicle with specialist rescue kit for a steep slope evacuation and members within easy reach of the incident site.
The NEAS Community Paramedic and crewed Ambulance handled the casualty care, whilst the Mountain Rescues Teams determined the best evacuation routes. A challenging stretcher carry then ensured to the road where the climber was transferred into the ambulance.
Earlier this afternoon the Team alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was activated by Northumbria Police for an experienced female walker who had slipped off the footpath leading into Hareshaw Linn from Bellingham.
The walker had fallen approximately 60 feet and whilst she was initially reported to be uninjured, she was unable to get out of gorge. A local team member, who is also a community Paramedic, was swiftly despatched to assess the situation.
The member was able to identify a safe route out of the gorge and the female was ‘walked out’ to the footpath. On further assessment the walker was complaining of chest pains; as a precaution she was taken to Cramlington hospital. We hope she makes a swift and full recovery.
This is the second incident this year in the Hareshaw Linn valley.
The incident involved 6 members for 1 hour 20 minutes. Another 8 members were on standby in case they were required.
At just before 4.00pm today, the North East Ambulance Service requested the Team’s assistance in locating and evacuating a walker with an injured ankle. The location provided by the walker’s partner was approximate; they were believed to be near to Chesters, a remote uninhabited farmhouse to the south of the Breamish Valley. The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team responded immediately. A Mountain Rescue Landrover 4×4 Ambulance with two members onboard located the walker 400m to the east of Chesters. Casualty care was administered and the walker’s injured ankle immobilised before he was transported off the hill by the community Paramedic, who also happens to be a Team member, to an awaiting Ambulance. The busy period continues…