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29th November 2009 LOCAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM MEET PRINCE CHARLES
Two members of Teesdale & Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team were invited back to Cumbria yesterday (Saturday) to meet HRH Prince Charles. Dave Bartles-Smith team leader and Paul Renwick training officer represented 15 members of the team who assited the Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams during the recent flooding. The Teesdale & Weardale Team were called over to Cumbria on the Thursday evening at the hight of the floods and alongside other emergency services helped to check flooded properties and evacuate residents from their homes. The following morning they were involved in the search for PC Bill Barker who tragically dies when a bridge collapsed into the river in Workington.
Dave Bartles-Smith said " It was a great honour for our team to be invited over to meet Prince Charles. We were with other members of the emergency services including mountain rescue and RAF Search and Rescue helicopter crews in Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team base. The Prince thanked us all personally for the work we had done".
Photo attached - Paul Renwick (far right), Dave Bartles-Smith and members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team meet HRH Prince Charles
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