Walkers aided by mountain rescue volunteers after becoming lost in Northumberland National Park

A group of walkers were aided by mountain rescue volunteers after becoming lost in Northumberland National Park.

Saturday, 8th August 2020, 11:49 am
Northumbria Mountain Rescue Service were called into action.

Volunteers from Northumberland National Park and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Teams responded to a call to assist three walkers who dialled 999 after becoming disoriented and unable to work out their location in the National Park.

The group had set off from Alwinton on Thursday, heading towards Copper Snout before making the call.

Within 15 minutes of the call, controllers from mountain rescue were able to speak to the walkers and establish their location.

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And Northumberland National Park Team Leader Iain Nixon stated: “Given our knowledge of the area, we were able to ask the walkers to remain at their location and dispatch a team rescue vehicle from Rothbury.

"Our 4x4 was easily able to reach them on the hill north of Shillmoor; within an hour they were safely onboard and heading back to Alwinton.

"We would always prefer members of the public to call and alert us of their concerns before conditions became worse or too dark to affect a swift rescue; they absolutely did the right thing.”

The teams, who were also called out on Tuesday, have reminded the public of the importance of planning their journeys and having the correct equipment and skills, especially as temperatures are due to heat up this weekend.

The incident involved four team members for a duration of just under two hours and COVID-19 protocols and PPE measures were adhered to throughout.

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