Whilst other members were travelling to Upper Coquetdale in Northumberland National Park, news came in that the walker had made their way safely off the hill to Barrowburn farm. He had made a ‘slight’ navigational error near #WindyGyle, heading south into England instead of north into Scotland. Oops!
A big ‘thank you’ to the farmer and his wife at Barrowburn for the much needed cups of tea!
A search plan was developed by our Incident Officer in conjunction with the Police Search Adviser. Search groups and two Search And Rescue Dog Association England dog teams were then deployed to search high priority routes and areas to the west of Seaton Burn and towards the Big Waters Country Park. The search proved negative and the Teams were stood down in the early hours of this morning.
As most members were heading into work after only a couple of hours sleep, the Police notified us that the missing person had been found safe and well in a property by a family member. We hope the female now receives the support she needs.
The handlers, dogs and navigators travelled from #Northumberland in the early hours of this morning to Keswick Mountain Rescue Team‘s base for a briefing. They were then deployed to search a large area around Broad Crag and Ill Crag. Uplift to the area was provided by a Coastguard helicopter.
Thankfully the walker was located in Upper Eskdale, injured but alive, after spending nearly 48 hours out on the hill in winter conditions.
Yesterday we received some sad news. Search dog Sam lost his battle for life. He had been ill for a few months and had been going up to Edinburgh Vet School for tests and treatment. Unfortunately Sam’s handler, Brian, found out on Friday that there was no other option but to put him to sleep.
During his life Sam has been involved in many searches and had four finds to his name. He has been on television at least twice and in a film.
He made friends with everyone he met and pestered them with his squeaky toys! He will be greatly missed by Brian and his wife and all members of our Team.
Brian’s newest search dog, Tess, now has some big paws to fill but Sam trained her well.
At 01.15hrs on Sunday the Team’s assistance was requested by Northumbria Police for a high risk female missing in the Bedlington area. The missing person’s car had been located at Humford Mill on the River Blyth. Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, we initiated a limited response with an Incident Controller liaising with the Police to prepare a search strategy, and a Search And Rescue Dog Association England handler and a few Team members ready to deploy to search the immediate area. As the search was about to commence, the missing person was located in hospital where she had been since late evening having given false details on arrival in an Ambulance.