Team members in action during the incident on The Cheviot. Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

Team members in action during the incident on The Cheviot. Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

Two volunteer rescue teams in north-eastern England responded to a dozen incidents in July.

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team callouts included overdue Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group and injured walkers.

Ambulance staff requested the teams’ help on Sunday 30 July when a woman walking on the Hadrian’s Wall Path near Caw Gap suffered head and limb injuries at the site, 2km west of Once Brewed.

An ambulance crew treated her before mountain rescuers placed her on their stretcher and carried her to a waiting ambulance.

The previous Thursday, a walker injured himself when he slipped on flagstones near the summit of The Cheviot. His walking companion provided first aid and called for help.

A Northumberland National Park MRT spokesperson said: “As a mountain rescue Land Rover ambulance and members were en route to the Harthope Valley, a local member headed up the hill to assess the situation. He was then followed by other team members carrying a stretcher and other medical equipment.

“After medical attention and being warmed, the casualty was able to walk the 3km with support from mountain rescue down the hill. Sufficient members were on scene for a stretcher carry should it have become necessary.

“Following a short Land Rover ride, the casualty was handed over to the North East Ambulance Service.”

The five-hour rescue involved 18 team members.

On 24 July, the teams were called out for an overdue Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition group and the previous day, they went to the aid of a woman with a leg injury from the Lamb Hill refuge shelter on the Border Ridge.

A search dog and handler were deployed on 18 July to help Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team in the search for a missing 65-year-old woman.

On 10 July, 13 July, 16 July and twice on 17 July, the teams supported the ambulance service and Northumbria Police by using the mountain rescue Sarloc system that sends a text to missing people. By clicking on the link in the text, their position is sent back to rescuers.

A member of the Northumberland national park team was involved in an incident outside the area on 8 July, when a 56-year-old woman participating in a Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge event aggravated a knee problem and was unable to continue. The rescuer was involved in locating, treating and evacuating the overdue walker to a Cave Rescue Organisation Land Rover near Sulber Nick on the slopes of Ingleborough.

On 5 July, a walker in his 50s who had stayed overnight in the Lamb Hill refuge suffered severe abdominal pains. With support from a local farmer and an ambulance service community paramedic, the man was assessed and evacuated to an ambulance.

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