13th February 2011 RESCUE TEAM FINDS MISSING WALKER
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team found a missing walker in the High Pennines on Friday night . The man in his 30's had set off from Cow Green Reservoir in the far west of County Durham at 9am on Friday. At 4pm he was at a height of over 2500 ft high on one of the remotes parts of the Pennine range when he realised he was unsure of his location. Visibility at the time was less than 10 metres. With limited power in his mobile phone he was able to text his wife to say he was lost.
Chris Roberts Team leader said "We received a call from Durham Police about a missing walker at around teatime on Friday. Fifteen team members and 2 mountain rescue search dogs started the search based at Cow Green. We soon located the gentleman's car so we knew he had started on his walk. It was unclear which route he had taken so we concentrated on the Pennine Way which leaves the County to cross the Pennines into Cumbria then returns via Cross Fell the highest mountain in the Pennine range. Because of the extensive area involved we asked for assistance from Kirby Stephen and Penrith Mountain rescue teams to search the Western slopes of the Pennines. We also worked closely with the Police, local gamekeepers, the Rescue Co-ordination Centre at RAF Kinloss in Scotland and our own team members accessing social networking sites to try and establish the plans and whereabouts of the man.
At around 8.30pm one of our search groups found the missing man at Moor House, a remote unoccupied building on the Eastern slopes of Great Dun Fell. He was very tired but in remarkable good spirit's to say he had walked over 20 miles in very poor weather conditions.
Chris also added some general tips for anyone who goes out walking:
Always let someone know your intended route and what time you will be due back
Fully charge your mobile phone before you leave but remember phone coverage is limited in some mountainous areas
Be properly equipped with waterproofs, hat, gloves and take plenty of food and drink
Have a map and compass and know how to use them
Have a bivvy bag or group shelter in your rucksack in case of emergencies
Always carry a head torch and spare batteries just in case you are delayed and it turns dark
TWSMRT have written a book about their work "40 Years and Counting". It can be bought in Cotswold Outdoors store in Durham City, many shops throughout the County as well as from the Teams website www.twsmrt.org.uk Profits will go to purchase of a additional 4 wheel drive vehicle which will greatly improve the teams response in this type of search.
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to 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
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