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.
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.
Date: 9 January 2019
Location: Newcastle area
The joint controller group for North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were woken in the early hours of Wednesday morning with a request for assistance from Northumbria Police. The Duty Controller swiftly responded and used PhoneFind, our location tool, to try to identify the location of a vulnerable missing female in the Newcastle area.
Whilst the missing person did not respond to the location tool text, they were located a couple of hours later.
The casualty was treated by our Medics and pain relief administered before transferring them to our stretcher. By this time it had turned dark and an awkward carry out followed across rough terrain in Harwood Forest.
On reaching the forest track, the casualty was handed over to the Ambulance Service. A great team effort by all concerned.
We wish the walker a full and swift recovery. A shame their walking holiday in Northumberland had to end this way.
The incident involved 22 members for 4 hours 30 minutes.
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Date: 9 December 2018
Location: Cocklawburn Beach, near Berwick
After a full day’s exercise at one end of our operational area, we deployed to the other end on Sunday evening. Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s support for an ongoing search for a missing 63 year old female.
The search for Mary Fuller continued on Monday with Northumbria Police, Coastguard, RNLI and the National Police Air Service assets being deployed. Mountain Rescue will be assisting again today.
If anyone knows of Mary Fuller’s whereabouts, please contact the police on 101. Mary is described as white, of slight build with grey short hair and was last seen wearing a green fleece waistcoat, green trousers and boots.
We hope Mary is found safe and well.
The incident involved 19 Team members for 5 hours 45 minutes.
Early afternoon yesterday, the North East Ambulance Service requested our support for an injured walker. The walker had sustained a leg injury whilst on the St Cuthbert’s Way downstream of Hethpool Linn in the Northumberland National Park.
The Team and North of Tyne MRT evacuated the walker on a Bell stretcher before being transferred into a Landrover for the remainder of the journey to the crewed Ambulance at the road head.
We wish the walker well and hope he’ll be back in the hills very soon.
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.
Date: 7 September 2018
Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s support again for the ongoing search for a vulnerable male in the Heworth area. The Mountain Rescue Incident Officer worked with the Police Search Adviser to develop and agree a search plan.
Team members were deployed from late afternoon into the evening to search open areas, paths and tracks, hedgerows and wooded areas in the vicinity of the missing male’s home.
Unfortunately the male has yet to be located and Police enquiries are ongoing.
The incident involved 18 Team members for 11 hours.