Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team had its busiest night ever last night. The Team was called out at 1800hrs on Wednesday to a report of children missing in the River Wear. Two inflatable dinghies and some children's clothing had been found near Witton Park in County Durham. The Teams swiftwater team and canoe group combined with land based searchers to cover a 2 mile stretch of river. Just as the search was finishing with no one found at approx 2100hrs a second call was received from the Police to assist in the search for an elderly gentlemen missing from home in the Bowburn area. This search went on until the early hours and the gentlemen was found by the Police at first light. The third call of the night came at approx 0430 to search for an elderly lady in the Newton Aycliffe area. Fifteen searches from the Teesdale and Swaledale Teams with a mountain rescue search dog searched until 1000hrs Thursday when they were stood down by the Police with no one found.
Team spokesman Steve Owers said "I can not remember a time when we have had 3 callouts in less than 12 hours. It can put a strain on Team members who are all volunteers and have jobs to go to during the day. It is gratifying to know that the true spirit of mountain search and rescue was upheld in that even after searching most of the night there are still team members willing to attend a third search".
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