TWSMRT All the latest news from the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Moutain Rescue Team Callout 05/11/17 Team called to assist mountain biker who has sustained injuries while on down hill descent in Hamsterly Forest. Casualty treated and evacuated to NEAS ambulance. Callout 03/11/17 Team briefly on standby to assist with mountain biker in Hamsterly Forest with head and chest injuries. Team stood down when NEAS Ambulance crew arrived on scene to treat patient. Callout 29/10/17 Called by NE Ambulance service to assist with evacuation of mountain biker with head injury from Hamsterly Forest. Team stood down while assembling when casualty was in the NEAS Ambulance. Callout 26/10/17 Team called out at 4pm today to assist NEAS and HART crews recover a man from a steep sided riverbank. the male had been working with a film crew in Copley Woods nr Woodland when he slipped and injured his ankle. 8 Team members attended. Press Release: 26/09/17 - NOW RECRUITING ! Teesdale and Weardale search and mountain rescue team are looking for new team members ! The team provide search and rescue throughout Co.Durham and also assist neighbouring teams over the county borders. On average we deal with about 40 call-outs per year which range from Castle Eden dene in the east to Tan hill in the south west. PR officer Scott Bisset says "you do not need to be a mountaineer to join a mountain rescue team". A healthy interest in outdoor activities, along with the ability to use a map and compass and be fit enough to be on the hill all day with kit goes a long way to making you a team member! During your 1st year probationary period you will receive training on search methods, water safety, and casualty care to name a few. A commitment to training is required as is the need to attend fund raising events,- M R teams are charities and all members volunteer their time and services. Applications need to be received by the end of October. Please see our website at for more information and follow the links, or go to our Facebook page, 'Teasdale and Weardale search and mountain rescue team' and click on the link there. Press Release: 25/09/17 - EXTENSIVE MULTI AGENCY SEARCH IN DURHAM Multi-agency search in Durham The team were called this morning (26/09/17) to search for a male from the Shincliffe area of Durham. The man, who had been suffering from dementia, was last seen at 12.30pm the previous day and was reported missing by his wife later that afternoon.  TWSMRT had 13 team members on the ground with a canoeist and kayaker on the Wear and  were joined by a coastguard helicopter from Prestwick, 6 local police officers,a fire and rescue crew and appliance plus water rescue team with raft from Bishop Auckland, and later  police air support from W.Yorkshire. After an extensive multi-agency search, the man was spotted late afternoon in a drainage culvert by the police helicopter on the northern edge of the city. He was extricated to a waiting ambulance by DDFRS and TWSMRT and taken to hospital for precautionary assessment.