Mountain rescue team and police bring woman to safety after she suffers leg injury while on the Pennine Way

A woman was helped to safety after she sustained an injury while walking on the border between Scotland and England in Northumberland.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 10:44 am
Updated Friday, 28th May 2021, 11:15 am

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT) was alerted to the call after the group the woman was part of on a walk called 999 and asked police for help at 2.30pm yesterday, Thursday, May 27.

It came after she had sustained a lower leg injury and was unable to weight bear on it while descending from Auchope Cairn on the Pennine Way.

The NNPMRT said the group had done the right thing by calling for assistance, with the Border Search and Rescue Unit (BSARU) and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team (NTMR) also called in to support the efforts as they worked together on the task.

Three rescue teams worked together on the call out to help the injured woman.

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A spokesperson for the NNPMRT volunteers said: “With the incident being on the Scottish-English border, Mountain Rescue Teams on both sides of the border responded in line with our agreed protocol.

"Border Search and Rescue Unit (BSARU) headed up to the Auchope refuge hut from the Bowmont valley while our local team members in our Toyota Hilux from Rothbury approached from the College valley.

"Once on scene, members worked together to assess, treat and stabilise the casualty.

A photo shared by NNPMRT following the rescue effort.

"The female was then carried by stretcher down to the refuge hut and across the border fence to BSARU’s Landrover.

"While the casualty was transported down to the valley on the Scottish side of the border, our members walked off back to the vehicle in the College valley.

“We wish the casualty well for a full and swift recovery and hope she is back out on the hills again soon.”

The incident – which was the 71st dealt with by the Northumberland team this year – involved 12 team members the rescue teams, with the call out taking four hours and 15 minutes to deal with.

The spokesperson added: “As a charity we are reliant on your support to provide a 24/7 emergency service, 365 days a year.”

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