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30th September 2008 RESCUE TEAM FIND MISSING WOMAN
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team were called out this evening (Tuesady) to search for a missing women. The middle aged women from the Crook area went missing around lunchtime. Her car was found on remote moorland track to the north of Hamsterlry Forest in County Durham at 5pm.
Fifteen mountain rescue volunteers, three mountain rescue search dogs, six police officers and the police helicopter were involved in the search. Steve Owers Rescue Team spokesman said "We started the search just as darkness was falling. As the evening went on we finally were able to make contact with the lady on her mobile phone. She was unable to tell us her location so it took 15-20 minutes of talking to her and asking her various questions to try and establish a rough search area. We were able to use the police helicopter as a reference point and ask her to describe where she was in relation to the aircraft. We then sent out a search group and we found her within a few minutes at around 8pm". The women was then taken to hospital by ambulance.
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