Three call-outs in eight days for rescue teams

The RAF Boulmer Sea King leaves the scene of the incident near Kirknewton.

The RAF Boulmer Sea King leaves the scene of the incident near Kirknewton.

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Mountain rescue teams were called out to three incidents in eight days in the hills of north Northumberland.

The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team helped a woman who had fallen while walking on Saturday, two mountain bikers in the Breamish Valley on Sunday and a motorcyclist near Kirknewton the previous Sunday, September 6.

The team transports the casualty down the hillside near Wooler.

The team transports the casualty down the hillside near Wooler.

At 12.45pm on Saturday, the teams were mobilised to support the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

A 65-year-old woman was walking on the St Cuthbert’s Way to the east of Wooler when she fell and damaged her lower right leg.

She was treated for a suspected dislocated/fractured ankle by the NEAS paramedic before the mountain rescue teams evacuated her on a stretcher to reach the nearest road, carrying her down a steep, wet and slippery section of the path to the waiting ambulance.

On Sunday at 7.15pm, the teams were called out again, this time by Northumbria Police for two mountain bikers who had become disoriented in a wood near to Brough Law in the Breamish Valley.

SARLOC – a text-messaging location tool – was used to identify the mountain bikers’ exact location.

As the teams and police officers arrived at Bulby’s Wood car park, they could hear shouts up on the hill.

Due to the fading light, the blue lights were used to guide the two bikers down.

On Sunday, September 6, the teams were involved when a 22-year-old woman fell off a motorcycle near Kirknewton. She was airlifted to hospital by the RAF Boulmer Sea King.