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Incident No: 06 2019

Date: 20 January 2019
Time: 14.20hrs
Location: The Cheviot, Northumberland National Park

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.

The incident involved 29 members for eight hours.

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Incident No: 06 2019

Date: 19 January 2019
Time: 09.21hrs
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.

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Incident No: 01 2019

Date: 5 January 2018
Time: 23.22hrs
Location: Walker, Newcastle

Late last night Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves. A male in his 40s had been reported missing from home in the Walker area of Newcastle. Given the concern for the man’s wellbeing, the Teams were immediately called out.

As the Police Search Adviser and our Incident Officer were planning the search and members were arriving at Walker Riverside Park, a member of the public reported seeing the man. Very soon after the man was located by Police officers. A very positive and swift outcome for the first incident of the year.

The Teams were stood down at 01.15hrs and everyone was back in bed by 02.30hrs!

The incident involved 15 members for 3 hours.

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Incident No: 140 2018

Date: 30 December 2018
Time: 14.37 hrs
Location: Selby’s Cove, Simonside

Our quiet festive period came to an abrupt end yesterday when North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were called out by North East Ambulance Service. A walker in his early 70s had sustained a lower leg injury near to Selby’s Cove in Northumberland National Park. His two companions raised the alarm and Mountain Rescue was swiftly requested.

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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Incident No: 137 2018

Date: 11 December 2018
Time: 08.00hrs
Location: Cocklawburn Beach, near Berwick

North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were searching for a second day in the area around Cocklawburn Beach yesterday. The incident was a continuation of incident 136.

Unfortunately after an extensive day light hours search, working with Northumbria Police and the HM Coastguard nothing was found.

If you have any information about Mary Fuller’s whereabouts please contact Police on 101, ref 1218912.

Our thoughts are with her family at this distressing time.

The incident involved 14 Team members for 7 hours 45 minutes.

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Incident No: 136 2018

Date: 9 December 2018
Time: 19.12hrs
Location: Cocklawburn Beach, near Berwick

After a full day’s exercise at one end of our operational area, we deployed to the other end on Sunday evening. Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s support for an ongoing search for a missing 63 year old female.

Working alongside HM Coastguard NorthumberlandBerwick Coastguard rescue team and Eyemouth CoastguardNorth of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves conducted an extensive overnight search of areas adjacent to Cocklawburn Beach to the south of Berwick. Unfortunately nothing was found and the Teams stood down in the early hours of Monday morning.

The search for Mary Fuller continued on Monday with Northumbria Police, Coastguard, RNLI and the National Police Air Service assets being deployed. Mountain Rescue will be assisting again today.

If anyone knows of Mary Fuller’s whereabouts, please contact the police on 101. Mary is described as white, of slight build with grey short hair and was last seen wearing a green fleece waistcoat, green trousers and boots.

We hope Mary is found safe and well.

The incident involved 19 Team members for 5 hours 45 minutes.

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Incident No: 115 2018

Date: 16 September 2018
Time: 20.00hrs
Location: Walltown Quarry, Hadrian’s Wall

Late afternoon yesterday North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were responded to a request from North East Ambulance Service. A walker had slipped and sustained a leg injury a few hundred yards from the car park at Walltown Quarry on Hadrian’s Wall.

Vehicles and #volunteer members were swiftly deployed to RV at Walltown Quarry. #PhoneFind, a SMS location tool, was used to pin point the exact location of the casualty.

Local members liaised with the on scene NEAS Community Paramedic and Ambulance crew. The casualty was then evacuated a short distance on the NEAS stretcher as our other resources arrived at the RVP.

The incident involved 19 Team members for 2 hours 30 minutes.

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Incident No: 108 2018

Date: 6 September 2018
Time: 09.41hrs
Location: Heworth

North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves were called out yesterday by Northumbria Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable male in his 70s. The male was last seen near his home, late afternoon the day before.

Following a briefing and planning meeting with the Police Search Adviser, open and wooded areas close to the man’s home were searched. With limited further information available at that stage the Teams stood down.

The incident involved 15 Team members for 10 hours 20 minutes.

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Incident No: 105 2018

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.

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Incident No: 104 2018

Date: 27 August 2018
Time: 11.37hrs
Location: Sycamore Gap, Hadrian’s Wall

Our quiet period came to end earlier today when Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s support in evacuating an injured female walker on Hadrian’s Wall. The female had been stabilised by a Northumberland National Park Ranger before the Team’s and North of Tyne MRT’s members arrived.

Two North East Ambulance Service Paramedics were also transported to the scene. They provided pain relief before the walker was evacuated in a Mountain Rescue Landrover to the road at Steel Rigg.

We wish the walker a speedy recovery and would like to thank the Ranger and a passing Doctor for their assistance.

The incident involved 22 Team members for 2 hours 30 minutes.

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