Walker rescued after injury on moorland

Emergency services at the scene of the rescue near Ingram.
Emergency services at the scene of the rescue near Ingram.

An injured walker had to be evacuated from moorland in north Northumberland on Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesman for the mountain rescue service said: “Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) at 3.55pm on Tuesday to assist with the evacuation of an injured male walker in his 60s.

“An approximate grid reference had been provided by the injured walker’s partner that placed the walker near to Chesters, an old uninhabited farmhouse, west of the small hamlet of Ingram – a reasonably remote moorland location in Northumberland.

“A community paramedic, who is also a team member, was dispatched by NEAS to approach the incident from Ingram in the east using a 4x4.

“The teams were immediately deployed by the Mountain Rescue Incident Controller. Two Landrover Defender 4x4 ambulances and team members were requested to meet at Ingram, while one other Defender ambulance was tasked to approach the incident from the south, driving off-road from Prendwick Farm to Chesters.

“The mountain rescue vehicle with two team members which approached from the south reached the casualty soon after he had been located by a local gamekeeper. The walker was down towards Chesters Burn, east of Chesters, and just off a bridleway.

“Casualty care was administered to immobilise the walker’s injured ankle, whilst the NEAS paramedic and the other team vehicles and personnel approached from Ingram. A local farmer guided the vehicles across the fell to Chesters.

“Following a further assessment by the NEAS paramedic, the walker was evacuated by Landrover to Prendwick Farm where a crewed ambulance transferred the casualty to Alnwick Infirmary.”

The callout came on the back of one of the busiest periods for the two mountain rescue teams with 17 incidents since the start of May. On Sunday night, the teams were requested to locate two walkers who had become disoriented in the Simonside Hills, near Rothbury.