Date: 28 February 2019
Location: Haltwhistle area
An elderly male was reported missing in the Haltwhistle area. He had been last seen in the Milecastle Inn the previous evening. Due to the urgency to locate the vulnerable male, Northumbria Police requested the assistance of ourselves and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team.
Initial scenarios and search plans were discussed with the Police Search Adviser. Our drones were to be deployed to overfly the immediate area around the point last seen and crewed vehicles were to search the remote rural roads and tracks in the area.
Thankfully as our Duty Controller was deploying our resources, the missing gentleman was found, safe and well. A good outcome for all concerned.
Date: 16 February 2019
Time: 13.10 hrs
The North East Ambulance Service requested our assistance, alongside North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, following a teenager falling from his bike in a remote location sustaining a lower leg injury. Following assessment, the casualty was placed on a Mountain Rescue stretcher and carried to a waiting crewed ambulance for onward transport to hospital.
Date: 9 February 2019
Time: 16.32 hrs
Location: Harthope Valley, near Wooler
A lone female walker reported herself lost in The Cheviots in Northumberland National Park. Limited information on her whereabouts was available to Northumbria Police and our Duty Controller as the 999 call had dropped out due to poor mobile reception. The mobile was, however, traced to a location between Langleeford and Langleeford Hope in the Harthope Valley near Wooler.
Our Duty Controller swiftly sent a PhoneFind text and follow up text to the female’s mobile prior to contacting the Police control room. As he was liaising with the Police, news came in that the female had been located, safe and well, near to Langleeford.
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.
Date: 19 January 2019
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.
Date: 5 January 2018
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 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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Date: 9 December 2018
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.
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.