The mountain rescue vehicle and ambulance make their way to the site. Photo: Northumberland National Park MRT

The mountain rescue vehicle and ambulance make their way to the site. Photo: Northumberland National Park MRT

An injured walker was rescued from remote moorland in the Northumberland national park.

Volunteers from the North of Tyne and the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Teams were called out at 3.55pm on Tuesday to the hills in the North of the park.

The man, in his 60s, suffered an injured ankle while walking on the moors.

Iain Nixon, team leader of the Northumberland National Park team, said the walker’s partner gave an approximate grid reference that placed him near to Chesters, an old uninhabited farmhouse, west of the small hamlet of Ingram.

Mr Nixon said: “A community paramedic, who is also a team member, was despatched by North East Ambulance Service to approach the incident from Ingram in the East using a 4×4.

“The teams were immediately deployed by the mountain rescue incident controller. Two Land Rover Defender 4×4 ambulances and team members were requested to meet at Ingram, while one other Defender ambulance was tasked to approach the incident from the South, driving off-road from Prendwick farm to Chesters.

“The mountain rescue vehicle with two team members which approached from the South located the casualty, who was down towards Chesters Burn and just off a bridleway. Casualty care was administered to immobilise the walker’s injured ankle, whilst the NEAS paramedic and the other team vehicles and personnel approached from Ingram.

“Following a further assessment by the NEAS paramedic, the walker was evacuated by Land Rover to Prendwick farm where a crewed ambulance transferred the casualty to Alnwick Infirmary.”

The three-hour rescue involved 18 mountain rescue volunteers and ended about 7pm.

Mr Nixon added: “The callout came on the back of one of the busiest periods for the two mountain rescue teams with 17 incidents since the start of May and three in the last three days.

“On Sunday evening the teams were requested to locate two walkers who had become disoriented in the Simonside Hills near to Rothbury and on Monday the teams were called to evacuate a walker with a dislocated knee on Hadrian’s Wall.”

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