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.
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: 19 January 2019
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.
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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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: 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.
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.