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Incident No: 111 2018

Date: 8 September 2018
Time: 14.17hrs
Location: Simonside

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.

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Incident No: 65 2017

Date: 12 December 2017
Time: 15.39hrs
Locations: Ravens Heugh, Simonside

A group of nine, well equipped walkers requested the assistance of #MountainRescue yesterday afternoon when one of their party, a female in her early 70s sustained an ankle injury. The group at the time of reporting the incident to Northumbria Police was near Ravens Heugh.

North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves swiftly deployed a hasty team from the Rothbury area in a 4×4 vehicle. As we deployed, the group continued with their ‘self rescue’ making progress towards Simonside. The group was met by our hasty team just as they reached a drive-able track.

The injured walker was assessed by one of our Medics before being warmed and then evacuated in the 4×4 vehicle. The other members of the party were also transported off the hill with the assistance of the Police.

We’d also like to thank the Rothbury Practice as one of their Doctors checked over the injured walker once she’d been safely evacuated from the hill.

The incident involved 6 Team members for 2 hours.

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*** Incident No.57 ***

Saturday 1 October 2016, 20.15hrs

Nearly 500 Scouts and Explorer Scouts were involved in Operation Twilight yesterday. They were walking in small groups between the drop off points at Bolam and Alwinton, and finding their own way back to Rothbury. Evading capture as they went!

Unfortunately a member of one of the groups sustained an ankle injury and was unable to continue. The Team was called to assist with evacuation. SARLOC, a Smart Phone location app, was used to pin point the location of the group before two Mountain Rescue Land Rovers and members were despatched.

The Land Rovers were almost able to access the group’s location, on the footpath to the SE of Spylaw, round the back of Simonside. Whilst the casualty was assessed, the other group members were transported off the fell. A short stretcher carry to the remaining vehicle then saw the casualty, who was also mildly hypothermic, safely evacuated back to Rothbury.

The casualty was then handed over to the Ambulance service.

The incident involved 7 Team members for 2 hours.

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*** Incident No.24 ***

At 20.25hrs the Team along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was requested to assist in locating two walkers who had become disoriented between Tosson Hill and Simonside. From the description of their location, two Team members in a 4×4 and a Police 4×4 were deployed to drive the forest track through to Harwood Forest. The walkers were quickly located safe and well, but exhausted, having walked for 8.5 hours. The incident was successfully all over in less than 30 minutes!