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15/07/14
Team called to search for missing vulnerable 22 year old male. His phone had been pinged to the mast in Castleside. Team stood down before search comm...
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The Team have been involved with 29 callouts in the past 12 months. Summary details with time and date are shown below. A map summarising callouts in the past 12 months may be found here (this is generated as a pdf document - acrobat can be downloaded here if required). Alternatively a more advanced version is avaialble here.

Previous years callouts can be found here: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
1999 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990
1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981
1979 1978 1977 1976 1974 1972 1970
1969 1968
Please note: Online callout records before November 1999 are incomplete - we are in the process of digitalising earlier years but it is slow process and we're all busy people!

Date
Nature Description Online Links
20.40
30/12/2012
Team callout
Vulnerable women in 60's missing in Murton Co. Durham. 10 team members and 1 search dog attended. Women found in bus shelter just as team arriving.
16.00
10/12/2012
Team callout
The Team were asked to help rescue a dog believed to be trapped underground on Monday night. The Team were contacted by gamekeepers from Raby Estates after one of their dogs had followed a fox into a limestone escarpment on the fell above Club Gill Farm north on Middleton in Teesdale on Friday. The fox ran out of another entrance but the dog did not follow. Despite the gamekeepers leaving food the terrier did not escaped from the network of limestone passages. Pete Bell, Rescue Team Leader said "Initially we sent up a couple of team members to survey the area. It became clear that we would need the assistance of a more specialist Team so we called in members of Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit. They sent Team members from Carlisle and Alston in Cumbria and Wolsingham in County Durham with specialist equipment. Both Teams worked together with the assistance of the gamekeepers for 8 hours to enlarge the entrance to the chambers. The weather and conditions on Monday evening were not good, it was very cold with snow showers and because of the recent rain the ground was extremely muddy. We eventually broke through to the main chamber which was still very narrow but disappointingly there was no sign of the terrier. Food was left inside and it will be checked over the next few days by the gamekeepers."
20.00
26/11/2012
Team callout
Assistance to the Fire and Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service as a result of flooding throughout the County Durham area.
21.00
10/11/2012
Team callout
Team have been involved in a major search and rescue on the Pennine Way West of Cow Green Reservoir in County Durham. Steve Owers Deputy Team Leader said "Around 9pm we received a call that a party of 10 walkers were lost some where between Cow Green and High Cup Nick in a remote area of the Pennines. One of the party had an injured ankle and was unable to walk any further. 16 members of the Teesdale & Weardale team and 6 other MR members from other teams in the region who were attending a Mountain Rescue course attended with Durham Police. 4 members of the missing party managed to walk out to Cow Green where they were able to get mobile phone communications. They were initially unsure where the rest of the party were but after speaking with a team member we were able to establish a possible location 5km West of Cow Green dam. It took Team members another hour to find the 6 missing walkers. They were all very cold and one had an ankle injury. After they were all re-warmed they were flown to the Cow Green car park by a RAF Search & Rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer."
13.00
04/11/2012
Team callout
Contacted by Durham Police to assist in search for 11 year old boy who had been missing from home since the previous evening. Team just about to be called when the boy was found.
16.00
25/10/2012
Team callout
The team were called to assist Durham Police in a search for a missing vulnerable young person with learning difficulties. She was found safe and well as the team were en route.
17.06
30/09/2012
Team callout
Team were called to assist Durham Constabulary to locate and aid missing walkers on the Pennine Way, the team controller liaised with Police helicopter, identified a search area. Police Helicopter located the walkers, landed and offered assistance. Walkers decided to continue to local farm on foot where they were met by Police, NEAS ambulance and team members.
18.30
27/09/2012
Team callout
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team were called out this evening to search for a man missing from the Crook area of County Durham. The man in his twenties had been missing from home since before lunch and the Police were concerned for his welfare. Deputy Team Leader Steve Owers said " After consulting with the Police we decided to search an area of woodland to the North of Crook with 2 mountain rescue search dogs and handlers. After searching for about 30 mins in the dark one of the dogs indicated and took us about 50m into dense woodland where we found the missing person. He was lying on the damp ground and was very cold. We immediately started to rewarm him and with the help of the Police and Ambulance Service we carried the young man across fields to a waiting ambulance. Without the help of our search dogs it is unlikely we would have found him so quickly".
05.00
08/09/2012
Team callout
Team asked to help in search for missing teenager who was last seen swimming in the River Wear in Bishop Auckland. Team stood down before search commenced following find by police divers.
16.00
27/08/2012
Team callout
Team called out to search for vulnerable gentleman missing from home in the Great Lumley area. Gentleman returned home safe and well Tuesday morning as search teams from Cleveland, North of Tyne, and TWSMRT were gathering to begin next phase of search operation.
14.00
11/08/2012
Team callout
Rescue of a mountain biker who had fallen from his bike on steep terrain in Hamsterley Forest sustaining a dislocation to the right shoulder. IV pain relief given and person evacuated via stretcher along with ambulance crew to waiting ambulance at the nearest road junction.
10.44
10/08/2012
Team callout
A couple were walking in the area of Cauldron Snout when the husband fell from the path and tumbled about 8 metres down the steep hillside. His wife called Cumbria Police who contacted their local rescue team at Kirkby Stephen. Kirkby Stephen MRT called Teesdale Team as we are a lot closer to Cauldron Snout. Our Duty Controller issued an immediate callout and requested that the Air Ambulance also attend. One of our team members met the Air Ambulance, road ambulance and police on site. Whilst the GNAAS doctor treated the casualty our team looked at evacuation routes. We then requested the attendance of an RAF Sea King to winch the casualty from the steep hillside. The casualty was then placed in a specialist mountain rescue stretcher by MR, GNAAS and Police working together. We then rigged the stretcher for winching and assisted the RAF winchman with the lift when the Sea King arrived. The casualty's wife was then assisted by police officers to return to her car in order to travel to the hospital where her husband had been flown by the RAF.
13.00
05/07/2012
Team callout
Team requested to assist in developing flood incident in Whorlton village. Team stood down as a more accurate picture of the situation emerged.
13.30
01/07/2012
Team callout
Injured mountain biker treated by team members who were at Hamsterly Forest doing event medical cover on the Hamsterly Forest marathon.
17.30
28/06/2012
Team callout
Team organised evacuation of 11 elderly and vulnerable residents from their homes which had flooded in Lanchester. Team Swiftwater Rescue Technicians deployed as precaution when river level continued to raise.
20.00
09/06/2012
Team callout
Team asked to assist in search for 13 year old who had become lost while walking with parents in Hamsterly Forest. Found safe and well as Team were getting ready to start searching.
23.15
04/06/2012
Team callout
The Team were contacted by the Police to assist with a search of the tracks in Hamsterley Forest for two people lost in a car in the forest. The missing people managed to get help from a passing motorist as the Team were beginning to deploy.
13.30
21/05/2012
Team callout
Team requested to search Castle Eden Dene area for missing School Girl. Missing child turn up safe and well outside the search area shortly after the Teams search had commenced.
14.00
20/05/2012
Team callout
Team requested to initially treat and then transport injured mountain biker to a waiting ambulance
09.00
02/05/2012
Team callout
Canoe Team continue to search the river Wear between Sunnybrow and Finchdale Abbey for the 8 year old boy who had fallen into the river 5 days earlier. Nothing was found by the Team.
09.00
01/05/2012
Team callout
Continuation of search for missing 8 year old who had fallen into the river. Search teams searched river banks without success
06.30
28/04/2012
Team callout
Continuation of search for missing 8 year old who had fallen into the river. Search dogs searched the river banks in the early morning, followed by canoe search of the river.
01.9h
27/04/2012
Team callout
The team were called out to help in the search for Ian Bell. A number of team members responded including two search dog teams and the canoe team. Sadly Ian's body was found in the river a week after he went missing.
20.00
27/04/2012
Team callout
Search river banks of the River Wear for missing 8 year old boy who had fallen into the river. Bankside teams and search dogs deployed.
12.00
18/03/2012
Team callout
The team were called to assist with the search for a missing male from the Chester Le Street area. 11 team members and a search dog looked for the missing person for over 4 hours. Search called off when missing person turned up outside the immediate area.
21.45
03/03/2012
Team callout
Male missing from home. Found wet and cold by member of public, but safe and well, after spending a night in the open.
16.14
26/02/2012
Team callout
Request from North East Ambulance Service to locate and assist in evacuation of injured mountain biker from Hamsterley Forest, Co. Durham. Lady located and treated by Team members and handed over to ambulance service.
23.10
02/02/2012
Team callout
Team called late evening to search for missing lady with dementia. Missing woman turned up at Durham Hospital during the planning stages.
12.15
08/01/2012
Team callout
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team were involved today in the rescue of two walkers lost overnight on the Pennines in County Durham. The middle aged couple from Cumbria had set off to walk from Kirkland near Appleby yesterday with the intention of climbing the highest mountain in the Pennines, Cross Fell. On reaching the summit they became disorientated and lost their way because of the bad weather. They managed at some stage during the night to find a footpath that leads down Trout Beck towards Cow Green reservoir. This path is in the opposite direction from their start point. In the late evening they came across Moor House, a remote unoccupied building on the eastern slopes of Great Dun Fell where they sheltered until it got light. They were still unsure of the way to safety but finally managed to get a mobile phone signal and contacted Durham Police who contacted the Mountain Rescue Team around lunch time today (Sunday).
00.15
27/12/2011
Team callout
Team called out in early hours of 27/12/11 to search for driver who had gone missing from the scene of an accident and not returned home. He turned up safe and well at his home address the following morning.
06.00
26/12/2011
Other
Team on stand-by to search for missing from home overnight in the Trimdon Colliery area. Person turned up safe and well following morning.
17.30
08/12/2011
Other
Team on stand-by to assist Swaledale MRT with flooding in North Yorkshire.
13.00
03/12/2011
Team callout
Search continued for missing person reported to have jumped from Blackwell Bridge on Tuesday night. The Team used 6 canoe members of the Canoe Team to search along the river. Nothing found
Archive: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
1999 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990
1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981
1979 1978 1977 1976 1974 1972 1970
1969 1968
Please note: Online callout records before November 1999 are incomplete - we are in the process of digitalising earlier years but it is slow process and we're all busy people!

 

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