Date: 11 March 2017
Time: 12.41 hrs
Location: Shillmoor, Upper Coquetdale
On Sunday we were involved a major, multi-agency search for the driver of a vehicle after it was reported in the river near Shillmoor. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves worked alongside Northumbria Police and their Marine Unit, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service’s Swiftwater teams, and the North East Ambulance Service‘s HART team. NPAS Newcastle was also deployed to overfly the area.
We deployed our specially trained and equipped Swiftwater & Flood First Responders and air-scenting search dogs to search the river banks downstream of where the vehicle was located.
Tragically, late afternoon on Sunday, a body was located downstream of Shillmoor.
Our Team Leader, Iain Nixon, said “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends as well as with the wider community in Upper Coquetdale at this very difficult time.”
The incident involved 22 Team members for 7 hours.