TWSMRT All the latest news from the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Moutain Rescue Team Callout 18/07/15 Continuation of the search for Darren Lawler. Focused on the Carrs nature reserve and the area East of the main rail line adjacent to the Thrislington works. Search was with canoes, Water technicians and land searchers, In very difficult conditions. Unfortunately nothing was found. Callout 11/07/15 Team put on standby overnight to assist Swaledale MRT with a search near Leyburn in the morning. Team stood down at 3.30am Callout 07/07/15 Team called to assist the Police in a search for an elderly man suffering from dementia last seen in Darlington Town Centre on Monday evening. As the Team were deploying he was found inside a building by staff as they arrived for work on Tuesday morning. Callout 05/07/15 The Team assisted in a major search for a missing teenager alongside the police and fire service with further assistance from Swaledale MRT. The Team searched the river and river banks from Witton Park down to Bishop Auckland. The body of the missing teenage was recovered by the police divers very close to where he was last seen later that evening. Callout 04/07/15 Whilst carrying out medical cover for a running race in Hamsterley Forest team members were asked by the police to assist a mountain biker who had hit a tree at speed and injured himself. We treated the injured man in a vacuum mattress and on a stretcher and then carried him to a waiting ambulance. Press Release: 22/07/15 - MOUNTAIN RESCUE CASUALTY SAYS THANK YOU Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team have just received a donation from a lady they rescued last year. In August 2014 Kelly Weelands went missing from her home in Stanley Co. Durham. Her partner contacted the police and they asked the Teesdale Team to help in the search for Kelly. 17 team members and 2 mountain rescue search dogs were involved in the search. In less than an hour Misty one of the dogs had found Kelly unconscious in dense woodland. She was initially treated by team members and carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. As a result Durham Police Chief Constable Mike Barton awarded the Team a Certificate of Commendation. This was presented by Mike Barton accompanied by Kelly. Kelly said "I will always be grateful to the mountain rescue team for finding me. I wanted to try and raise some funds for them as all their funding comes from public donation. With my work colleges at Asda Stanley we organised a charity night and with money donated by Asda we managed to raise over 335. I would like to thank all of my colleges for their help. Steve Owers Deputy Team Leader said "It was great to see Kelly again and we really appreciate the effort she and her work colleges have gone to raise money for us. Photo - Steve Owers, Kelly Weelands, Catherine Herkes (Asda People Manager) Steve Owers Press Officer 07876132030 22/07/15 Press Release: 18/07/15 - SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING FERRYHILL MAN Two of the regions mountain rescue teams have continued the search over the weekend for a missing Ferryhill man. Teesdale and Weardale and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Teams spent much of Saturday searching for Darren Lawler who has been missing from his home in Ferryhill since early June. Steve Owers, Teesdale and Weardale Deputy Team Leader said "We were asked by Durham Police to search Ferryhill Carrs Nature Reserve. With assistance from the Cleveland Team we had 25 mountain rescue volunteers covering the area. It was one of the more challenging areas we have searched for some time. The open water was covered by our Canoe group but the reedbeds had to be searched on foot. With vegetation above head height, the ground so soft that at times we were sinking knee deep and with it being a warm day it was extremely difficult for our searchers. Sadly we have found no sign of Darren. Photo - Searching Ferryhill Carrs Nature Reserve Steve Owers Press Officer 1645 18/07/15 Press Release: 21/06/15 - MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM ASSIST WITH INJURED MOUNTAIN BIKER TEESDALE and WEARDALE SEARCH and MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM ASSIST WITH INJURED MOUNTAIN BIKER Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team were called out this evening (Tue) to assist the North East Ambulance Service evacuate a badly injured mountain biker from Hamsterley Forest Co. Durham. Pete Bell, Mountain Rescue Team Leader said "We were called out around 6.30 this evening to assist local paramedics with a mountain biker who had come of his bike on a forest trail approx. 10 minutes from the nearest road. The 17 year old biker from the Stockton area had badly injured his ankle. Six of our team members attended with one of our vehicles. The casualty was loaded onto our stretcher and with the assistance of the casualties father and a friend was carried to a waiting ambulance. During the carry our the Great North Air Ambulance became available and the casualty was transferred to the helicopter and taken to James Cook Hospital. Photos MR1 and MR2 - Casualty evacuation Steve Owers Press Officer 07876 132030 23/06/15 2205hrs