Date: 30 August 2018
Location: Harwood Forest
A busy end to August for our volunteers with three incidents in four days!
North East Ambulance Service requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance yesterday afternoon in locating an injured young mountain biker and his father. They were believed to be in the area of Simonside Forest.
With NEAS assets in the area North of Tyne MRT and ourselves immediately despatched a local Team member, one of our incident controllers, to liaise with the crews. Drivers were also allocated to our response vehicles. In the meantime our Incident Officer used our #PhoneFind technology and local knowledge to confirm the exact location of the casualty. Thankfully the young mountain biker was on a drivable track and we were able to direct the Ambulance resources into the location.
Our Team member on scene then assisted the crew to stabilise the injury before escorting everyone out of Harwood Forest.
We hope the casualty makes a swift recovery and that this incident hasn’t put him off mountain biking.
The incident involved 6 Team members for 1 hour 20 minutes.
After a brief quiet spell, the Team’s assistance was requested for an injured mountain biker competing in the Breamish Bohemoth XC Mountain Bike Challenge. Working alongside the North of Tyne MRT, North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police, we responded to the incident.
The male mountain biker had sustained a head injury having fallen off his bike on the track between two remote farms, Low Bleakhope and Ewartly Shank.
A MRT Land Rover was able to access the location and additional Team members were kindly transported to the site by the shepherd at Ewartly Shank, thank you. The casualty was assessed and stabilised before being transported in the Landrover ambulance to Alnham for transfer to a crewed Ambulance. A Community Paramedic was also on hand at Ewartly Shank to provide support to the Mountain Rescue advanced casualty carers.
We hope the mountain biker makes a full and swift recovery.
The incident involved 14 Team members for 2.5 hours.
The Team was put on standby earlier this afternoon for an injured mountain biker at Kielder. The mountain biker had injured their shoulder having come off one of the downhill trails below Deadwater Fell. Given the mountain biker’s location and nature of their injuries, Forestry Commission staff were able to assist the Paramedic to evacuate the biker to the ambulance. A total of 15 members from North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were available to respond should we have been needed.