TWSMRT All the latest news from the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Moutain Rescue Team Callout 11/01/18 Team called to search for despondent female whose last know position was her home address in Seaham. Team was just about to start searching the urban fringes around her home when she turned up at a police station in Newcastle. Callout 30/12/17 Search for a lady missing from her address in Peterlee. Search initially centered around her home address. The search was moved to the South Hetton area as further information was received. The lady was found cold and wet, in one of the designated search areas but otherwise uninjured, in an area adjacent to woodland. She was assessed by team medics and warmed up. Press Release: 15/12/17 - TEAM UNVEIL NEW VEHICLE The team officially launched its new incident control vehicle today. Catherine Mitford, who's family made a large donation to the team handed over the keys to the £73,000 vehicle to deputy team leader Pete Bell. For full press statement contact :- Press Release: 05/12/17 - MISSING TEENAGER FOUND! The team were called today (5/12/17) at approximately search for a vulnerable 15 yr. old boy who had become separated from his school party during a visit to Hamsterley forest.  The teenager, who had been sitting on his own for lunch disappeared at about 1400hrs. Initial expectations were that he would be located fairly quickly, however as darkness fell fears for his safety grew and more help was called for. By early evening TWSMRT had 22 team members in the forest with 3 vehicles, assisted by 15 members of Cleveland MRT with 2 vehicles,15 members of Swaledale  MRT with 2 vehicles, 19 police officers, 2 Red cross vehicles, fire and rescue personnel with 3 vehicles AND, the coastguard helicopter from Humberside which had to refuel at Durham Tees valley before returning to perform a second search ! The emergency services were also assisted by forestry commission personnel and Durham County council workers. At 2200hrs the teams took a short break in Hamsterley village hall where volunteers provided refreshments. As the teams headed back into the forest at around 22.30, news came through that he had been spotted in a plantation by forestry workers who had been driving the network of access roads. The teenager was picked up and taken to safety.  At the post search debrief the young man came and shook hands with the searchers, seemingly non the worse for spending 8 hrs. alone in a cold dark forest, thanking them and appearing very happy to have been saved ! Press Release: 03/12/17 - TEAM DONATES VEHICLE! The team has today (3/12/17) donated one of it's vehicles which had become surplus to requirements to another mountain rescue team.  The vehicle, a 2003 Iveco van was used by TWSMRT as a search control base and also doubled as an ambulance. Two members of Aberglaslyn MRT, based in Porthmadog  north west Wales, drove to Durham to collect the vehicle which has become redundant as TWSMRT prepare to launch their new control vehicle.   Dave Evans and Paul Jones from Aberglaslyn MRT were very happy to accept the keys from Twsmrt member Pete Morrison. The vehicle is now on it's way to it's new home in Wales ! Press Release: 28/11/17 - TWO CASUALTIES FOUND AT SAME TIME IN SAME VILLAGE Two Casualties Found in Same Village Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team had an unusual callout this afternoon (Tuesday) when they found two casualties when they were only looking for one. The Team were called out just after lunch by Durham Police to search for a gentleman who had been missing since 7.30 am from the village of Billy Row near Crook Co. Durham. 10 team members and a mountain rescue search dog searched open land surrounding the village. Just before it got dark the police received a call from a dog walker to say he had heard shouting from a nearby wood. Police officers attended and found the missing gentlemen. He was taken to hospital in the Mountain Rescue ambulance. Steve Owers, Team Leader said “At the same time one of our search teams at the other side of the village found a vulnerable man lying beside a stream. He was checked over and warmed by Team medics and handed into the care of the Police.” “This was a very unusual set of circumstances. The search group who found the second casualty were convinced they had found the guy they were looking for. Part of our protocols are always ask a casualty their names. We have often joked it’s just in case we find the wrong casualty. Amazingly today this was this case.” Steve Owers Team Leader TWSMRT 07876132030 1900hrs 28/11/17