Earlier in the week four members from our Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team went to Hitachi Construction Machinery to receive a £2,000 donation.
Following a fundraising appeal over the last few months, both Teams are now celebrating having reached their collective fundraising target of £32,000 thanks to the Hebburn-based business, that now allows us to purchase a new digital radio system.
As charities, all #MountainRescueTeams rely heavily on support from the public and local businesses. As a Team we have also received other generous donations towards the new digital radio system, including £12,500 from The Henfrey Trust. The remaining money was raised thanks to contributions from members of the public and supporters of the Mountain Rescue through our Justgiving campaign.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us to raise the funds needed.
Persons reported struggling in the River Wansbeck. A group of young males and females had been drinking all day in Morpeth and after leaving one of the pubs, thought it would be a good idea to take two of the rowing boats, which had been locked up for the night, out onto the river. An eye witness reported seeing the group capsize both of the boats.
That was the scenario which faced a multi-agency response last night. Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, the Coastguard and Mountain Rescue were involved in agreeing and implementing an effective search plan to locate the missing persons. Swiftwater and bankside teams, all in appropriate PPE, a Mountain Rescue search dog team were swiftly deployed by the three agencies, and all the casualties were located, treated and evacuated within an hour and a half.
A great evening working alongside our colleagues in the Fire Service and Coastguard. Much learning for all involved, which will hold us in good stead for the real thing!
The Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by Northumbria Police to attend an incident on Hadrians Wall east of Housesteads Roman fort. A female walker had slipped and sustained head and rib injuries. Two Team members were close by and quickly arrived on scene. Following initial treatment the walker was transported in Team Land Rover to a waiting NEAS Ambulance.
The incident involved 8 team members for 75 minutes.
Yesterday afternoon a climber fell approximately 10m on Peel Crag, landing on the boulders and uneven ground on the bottom of the crag. The climber sustained serious injuries from his fall and was treated and stabilised by a Doctor from the Great North Air Ambulance.
The Team alongside North of Tyne MRT and the North East Ambulance Service HART team assisted with the evacuation down the steep slope and across the uneven ground to the awaiting helicopter.
The climber was flown to the RVI for further treatment and we hope he makes a full and swift recovery.
A great multi-agency, team effort.
The incident involved 15 Team members for 1.5 hours.
This event is designed as a personal challenge that is accessible to all. We’ll be in strategic places along the routes, to provide encouragement and light refreshments, and so that if it becomes ‘too much of a challenge’, a Land Rover back to the village is possible. It’s a great opportunity to get high into the hills of the Northumberland National Park, have a great time with friends, and possibly make some new friends along the way.
There is a choice of two routes:
– Terry Lynn long route is about 23 miles and over 4000 feet of climbing
– Eileen Lynn short route is about 18 miles and over 3000 feet of climbing
Five prospective trainees have been put through their paces today. Given the clear conditions we focused on micro navigation using a map, compass and techniques such as aiming off, timing/pacing and re-section and triangulation, amongst others. A great day with all five progressing to become trainees. Well done!
Now the hard work starts with a minimum of a 12 month structured training programme.
Walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers; Please, please,please, carry a paper map of the area you are in ( and compass ) and know how to read them. Electronic devices, GPS, phones, phone apps etc. are great until the battery runs out, they crash or you lose signal. Knowing where you are and being able to see a way out or place of help or refuge can prevent an uncomfortable situation getting worse.
The Team has just stood down from a search for a missing cyclist. The cyclist split from the rest of his group at Kershope Bridge in Scotland, late afternoon yesterday, and failed to turn up at their overnight accommodation near to Falstone. As Team members were travelling to the RV, one of our Team vehicle was deployed to search towards Kielder from the overnight accommodation. The cyclist was located near to Tower Knowe Information Centre; he was tired, mildly hypothermic but otherwise fine.
Tomorrow will see a number of Team members and trainees helping out North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team with their annual fundraiser, The Alwinton Round. Looks like it is going to be a bit of a blowy day on the tops!