Welcome to the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue
Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team operates
24 hours per day, 365 days a year. We provide a mountain, search and rescue service
for the whole of County Durham, from the high fells in the west to the coastal
communities of the North Sea. The Team responds to requests by the Police to a
range of incident types, from injured or lost people in the hills to vulnerable
missing people in urban settings. The Team's skills and resources continue to
grow to keep pace with our developing role.
rescue Team consists of about 50 volunteers, all on call 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year. All our volunteers have full
time jobs and meet almost all their own expenses. The Team will typically
respond to between 40 and 50 requests for help every year.
The North Pennine
County Durham hills provide a diverse backdrop to our Mountain Rescue operations
and training. The River Tees and the River Wear carve out valleys, rich in geology,
ravines, gorges and waterfalls. To the west, the land rises through 'England's
last wilderness' to high plateaus, approaching 3,000 feet above sea level. Large
areas of high fell lie miles from road access, and are prone to some of the most
extreme weather in the country. Several public roads climb to over 2,000 feet
above sea level and the area hosts the only permanent ski tows outside Scotland.
On this day in 1997 :
"Bridge body is identified". fatality, Abbey Bridge, Patricia Graham.
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