Date: 19 August 2018
Location: South Tyne Valley
Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s support in evacuating an injured walker from the South Tyne Valley close to Alston. Both Northumberland National Park and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team’s were mobilised to attend. The casualty was treated for an ankle injury and transported onwards to hospital in a Team vehicle.
Late on Wednesday evening a request from Northumbria Police was received to assist in a search for an overdue walker in the Haltwhistle area. The male in his mid-20s had left home in Haltwhistle in the afternoon, with the intention of walking over Plenmeller Common towards Eals in the South Tyne valley, before returning along the valley to home. A distance of some 25-30km.
Along with North of Tyne MRT, we placed our members on standby whilst our Incident Controllers tried to ascertain more details on the walker’s exact route.
Thankfully as our Incident Controllers were being briefed by the Police, the walker returned home safely, albeit a bit later than planned!
The incident involved three Team members and another 14 were on standby for 2 hours 10 minutes.