TWSMRT All the latest news from the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Moutain Rescue Team Callout 04/08/15 Team called to search for a pair of poorly equipped paddlers, paddling on the river Tees from Croft near Darlington. The missing persons were reported as 2 hours overdue. The Team were stood down whilst assembling when the missing paddlers turned up safe and well. 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