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Incident No: 63 2017

Date: 5 December 2017
Time: 17.02hrs
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.


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*** Incident No.64 ***

Saturday 3 December 2016, 15.49hrs

Late yesterday afternoon the Team received a call from Teesdale & Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team to assist with an incident in Hamsterley Forest for a high risk missing person.

The Team alongside North of Tyne MRT was placed on standby. Thankfully the missing person was located by a search and rescue dog before the Teams were deployed, and just before the second incident of the day came in!!

The incident involved 15 Team members for 1 hour 30 minutes.


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