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Incident No: 17 2019

Date: 23 March 2019
Time: 10.42hrs
Location: Winlaton

Last Saturday morning Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s support in locating a high risk, missing female in her 70s. The female was last seen in the Winlaton area.

The Duty Controller acting on behalf of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves liaised with the Police Search Adviser to discuss and agree a plan, whilst drivers were allocated to vehicles and search dog handlers readied for deployed. The two MRTs were also placed on standby should the search escalate.

Thankfully following Police enquiries the female was located on public transport, safe and well. A good outcome for all concerned.

The incident involved 6 Team members and 1 SARDA handler from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team for 1.5 hours.


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Incident No: 15 2019

Date: 2 March 2019
Time: 19.44hrs
Location: Harthope Valley near Wooler

Two walkers and their dog reported themselves ‘lost’ in The Cheviots whilst trying to walk back to their vehicle which was parked in the Harthope valley. They had been ‘lost’ for some time. #PhoneFind was used to try to locate the walkers and our Duty Controller rang the walkers but unfortunately by this time they’d moved location and were out of mobile reception.

North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves swiftly deployed a hasty team of four members and a Mountain Rescue search dog. A blue light response vehicle with a further two members was also mobilised.

Thankfully with relatively clear skies the walkers had managed to find their way down to a track near Langleeford Farm where they were located by Northumbria Police officers as the hasty team arrived at the RVP.

The walkers had struggled to find their way off the hill as unfortunately they had no torches. While we will always turn out for those in need, this particular incident was avoidable. Could we ask our followers, however, not to criticise the walkers as this could have happened to the most experienced of us and we hope that the walkers have learnt from their experience.

Please can we remind all walkers to go well equipped for the conditions and particularly during the winter months to carry a torch and a spare one too.

The incident involved 9 Team members for 1 hour 15 minutes. A further 9 members were on standby throughout.

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Incident No: 12 2019

Date: 28 February 2019
Time: 07.20hrs
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.

The incident involved 4 Team members for 1 hour.


#somuchmorethanmountains #team999 #JESIP #multiagencyworking

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Incident No: 13 2019

Date: 16 February 2019
Time: 13.10 hrs
Location: Rothbury

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.

The incident involved 14 Team members for 2 hours and 20 minutes.
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Incident No: 12 2019

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.

A good, swift outcome for all concerned meaning our members and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team‘s could enjoy their Saturday evening.

The incident involved 2 Team members for 14 minutes.


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Incident No: 11 2019

Date: 8 February 2019
Time: 01.53 hrs
Location: Blyth

A vulnerable male was reported missing from home by his family. PhoneFind was utilised to assist Northumbria Police locate the male. After two and a half hours, the male returned home safe and well.

The incident involved 1 Team member for 7 hours.


#somuchmorethanmountains #team999

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Incident No: 10 2019

Date: 31 January 2019
Time: 10.17 hrs
Location: Northumberland

A vulnerable missing female was believed to be in Northumberland. Northumbria Police requested the use of PhoneFind to help locate the female. Unfortunately the female did not respond to the text.

Further discussions with the Police indicated the missing person had been in contact with her family. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves stood down at this point.

The incident involved 2 Team members for 9 hours.

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Incident No: 8 2019

Date: 20 January 2019
Time: 20.46hrs
Location: Derwent Valley

As the glider incident was drawing to a close, Northumbria Police requested our and North of Tyne MRT’s assistance with a high risk missing person. The male had left home in Whickham at 13.00hrs on Sunday and was last seen in the Derwent walk area.

The initial request was for use of PhoneFind, no response to the text was received. Overnight developments led by the Police Search Adviser resulted in further discussions between our Mountain Rescue Duty Controller, on Monday morning. As plans were being put together for deployment, Police sadly located a body.

The incident involved 2 Team members for 14 hours.


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Incident No: 06 2019

Date: 20 January 2019
Time: 14.20hrs
Location: The Cheviot, Northumberland National Park

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.

The incident involved 29 members for eight hours.


#team999 #workingtogether #mountainrescue #volunteers Mountain Rescue England and Wales

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Incident No: 06 2019

Date: 19 January 2019
Time: 09.21hrs
Location: Hareshaw Head, near Bellingham

Yesterday morning we responded to our fourth incident of the week alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. As the last few competitors in the Montane Spine Race headed north from Bellingham, one of them collapsed on the moors just north of Hareshaw Head. A fellow competitor discovered the collapsed competitor and raised the alarm with the event organisers.

Mountain Rescue were requested through Northumbria Police and the two teams immediately responded. Two 4×4 ambulances were swiftly dispatched from the respective bases whilst other members travelled directly to the RVP.

The Spine Race’s safety team including two Doctors were on scene and administered emergency care to the competitor. This left the teams to manage the evacuation on a Bell stretcher across the moor to the nearest road.

The North East Ambulance Service were also involved in the incident.

We hope the competitor makes a full and swift recovery and we’d like to thank the fellow competitor for providing care before the arrival of the Spine Race safety team.

The incident involved 21 members for 3 hours 8 minutes.


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