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30th April 2014 RESCUE TEAM FIND CASUALTY IN RECORD TIME
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team last night found a missing person with 20 minutes of receiving a call. Mark Davis, Team Duty Controller said " We were contacted by Durham Police around 1.15am this morning (Wednesday) to carry out a search in the Hemlington Row area of Crook for a vulnerable elderly male. The man was last seen at 08.30 on Tuesday morning and was know to walk footpaths around Crook golf course. A description of the man was passed to our Team members as they made their way to Crook. As one of our Team members was traveling through Durham City, over 8 miles from Crook he spotted an elderly gentlemen with a distinctive straw hat near Prebends roundabout. He stopped his car and spoke with the man and established this was our missing person."
"It is unusual to find a missing person so quickly especially when they are so far from the search area, however this is why we give a early description to Team members just in case they see the person when they are enroute to the incident. In this case it worked extremely well."
Notes For Editor Teesdale
& Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to the "Mountain
Rescue - England and Wales". We provide a Search and Rescue service throughout
County Durham and beyond primarily for the Police but also for the other emergency
services. All Team members are volunteers and we rely on monies raised by ourselves
as a registered charity to run the Team. Further details regarding our latest
callouts and Team information can be found on our website www.twsmrt.org.uk