Date: 23 March 2019
Last Saturday morning Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s support in locating a high risk, missing female in her 70s. The female was last seen in the Winlaton area.
The Duty Controller acting on behalf of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves liaised with the Police Search Adviser to discuss and agree a plan, whilst drivers were allocated to vehicles and search dog handlers readied for deployed. The two MRTs were also placed on standby should the search escalate.
Thankfully following Police enquiries the female was located on public transport, safe and well. A good outcome for all concerned.
Date: 5 December 2017
Location: Hamsterley Forest, County Durham
Late afternoon on Tuesday our Search Dog handler was placed on standby to assist Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) in locating a missing 15 year old male with autism. The young male had disappeared whilst on a school trip to Hamsterley Forest.
As the search was scaled up, our Search Dog handler was deployed to work alongside other handlers from the North East, TWSMRT, Cleveland MRT and Swaledale MRT. The HM Coastguard helicopter from Humberside was also involved by this stage.
We were then called alongside North of Tyne MRT at 22.32hrs to assist with the search from 08.30hrs the following day should the incident continue overnight. Thankfully as availability responses were being gathered by our Duty Controller, the good news came through that the young male had been located by Forestry Commission workers who had been driving the forest tracks.
Date: 10 September 2017
Location: North Tyne Valley
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Northumbria Police requested assistance in an ongoing search for a missing female in the North Tyne valley. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves responded with Incident Controllers liaising with the Police Search Adviser to agree a search plan.
The Teams were called out soon after and deployed to search paths, tracks and wooded areas near to the missing person’s point last seen. Assistance was also requested from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team to search the banks of the nearby rivers as we had a limited number of water trained members available.
Nearly six hours later the missing female was located by one of our search groups, safe and well, and was soon reunited with her family. A good outcome for all concerned.
A Land Rover and Team members responded immediately, with others able to attend later in the afternoon. The members worked alongside the Police, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, mountain rescue search dogs and Teesdale & Weardale SMRT to search the priority areas.
Thankfully the man was found by one of the search groups after 4 hours of searching. He was evacuated to a crewed Ambulance for onward transfer to hospital. We hope the man is able to leave hospital very soon.
A great effort involving many resources from across the North East.
The incident involved 8 Team members (4 responding immediately) for 7 hours 45 minutes.
The Team alongside the other North East MRTs was put on standby by Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) for a water search in County Durham. The Team had one Water First Responder team and vehicle available. Swaledale MRT is now assisting TWSMRT, and we have been stood down. Here’s hoping it is a positive outcome.