Date: 28 February 2019
Location: Haltwhistle area
An elderly male was reported missing in the Haltwhistle area. He had been last seen in the Milecastle Inn the previous evening. Due to the urgency to locate the vulnerable male, Northumbria Police requested the assistance of ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team.
Initial scenarios and search plans were discussed with the Police Search Adviser. Our drones were to be deployed to overfly the immediate area around the point last seen and crewed vehicles were to search the remote rural roads and tracks in the area.
Thankfully as our Duty Controller was deploying our resources, the missing gentleman was found, safe and well. A good outcome for all concerned.
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.
Date: 29 August 2018
Time: 13.21 hrs
Location: Whitely Shield
Three days, two incidents! Yesterday we had a short lived incident involving a female in her 70s who had sustained a leg injury on the hillside above Whiteley Shield in the West Allen valley. The request for Mountain Rescue support had come from the North East Ambulance Service, who had established there was no vehicle access to the casualty’s location.
Ultimately neither ourselves and North of Tyne MRT nor NEAS were required as the caller and the casualty had thankfully managed to make their own way off the hill. Just as the first of our members was arriving at the RVP!
The incident involved 5 Team members for 31 minutes.
Mid-afternoon yesterday a climber fell from Crag Lough and sustained serious injuries. The North East Ambulance Service requested the assistance of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves and within 9 minutes our volunteers were en-route with two Team 4x4s deployed.
The Doctor and Paramedic from the Great North Air Ambulance Service were first on scene and assessed, treated and stabilised the casualty.
Given the difficult, unstable terrain below the crag and the worsening condition of the casualty, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) search and rescue helicopter was requested with a view to winching the casualty on board. Thankfully a helicopter from Caernarfon was training in the Lake District and swiftly arrived on scene.
Great multi-agency teamwork then led to the successful evacuation of the injured climber to hospital. We hope he makes a full and swift recovery, and is back out climbing again very soon.
Date: 1 July 2018
Northumbria Police requested the use of PhoneFind and SARLOC to assist in locating a missing person. The Duty Controller acting on behalf of North of Tyne MRT and ourselves duly obliged. No response to SMS messages was received.
Date: 25 March 2018
Location: Kyloe Crag
Whilst we were dealing with incident number 69, Northumbria Policerequested our assistance for a fallen climber at Kyloe Crag in north #Northumberland. The climber had fallen 5-6 feet and had sustained a suspected fractured ankle.
Given that some of our assets were still tied up at Hareshaw Linn, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves dispatched two other emergency response vehicles and called out the remaining Team members. The members once clear of Hareshaw Linn also attended.
The North East Ambulance Service also responded and a crew was on scene swiftly. Whilst the Ambulance crew dealt with the casualty, #MountainRescue rigged a stretcher lower. The casualty was then lowered on a stretcher to the foot of the steep slope below the crag, before being carried to the Team Land Rover. A short ride in the Land Rover followed and then a swift transfer into the crewed Ambulance at the road near Black Heddon for onward transport to hospital.
The Team would like to wish the climber well and we hope he makes a full and swift recovery.
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Date: 25 March 2018
Location: Hareshaw Linn
The North East Ambulance Service requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance for a walker in her 60s who had fallen and sustained serious injuries.
Having just finished technical rope rescue training, we immediately dispatched two blue light vehicles and eight members to Hareshaw Linn. Other local members from North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were also called out.
Working alongside NEAS the casualty was evacuated on a #MountainRescuestretcher and then carried towards Blakelaw Farm, the nearest access point. For the final few 100 metres the NEAS Hazardous Area Response Team’s ATV was used.
We hope the female makes a swift recovery and is back out walking again soon.
The Team would like to thank the farmer at Blakelaw Farm for his assistance during the incident. The use of an ATV to get kit to and from the scene was much appreciated.
The incident involved 13 members for 2 hours 3 minutes.