2021CALLOUTS 18
2020: 58 Callouts | 2019: 61 Callouts
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Call-Outs

Search and Rescue Call-Outs

The most common incidents tend to be from falls on mud or ice resulting in lower leg fractures, wrist fractures and back injuries. The more serious injuries have been neck and pelvis fractures from falls off mountain bikes and horses. We spend time looking for walkers who have become disorientated in poor weather conditions and looking for vulnerable people including those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Sadly, sometimes we are called open to recover the bodies of people who have died.

In addition to our traditional mountain rescue activities we have been increasingly asked to respond to water and flood rescue incidents in our area and further afield. The team spent three days helping with the 2015 floods in York where we rescued over one hundred people and animals during the first night as the water levels rose. More recently we have supported local residents cope with tidal surges on the North Yorkshire coast, have assisted the Police to recover bodies from local rivers and we are always on standby to assist with local and regional flooding events. In 2020 and 2021 we were on standby at various times to assist with flooding locally and across the region and to assist motorists stranded due to snow.

A call-out is recorded only when Team members are actually deployed (and one or more Team vehicles leave our Base). If we are stood-down before deployment we do not class that as a ‘call-out’. Instead it is separately listed as an ‘incident’ (any may be reported in our News section).

Between 2012 and 2020 we responded to 515 call-outs where our specialist skills and equipment were needed to help local people and visitors. In recent years we tend to average 64 call-outs per year.

We also record other incidents, for example being on standby or where our knowledge and expertise are used to help the Police but where it is unnecessary to deploy Team members.

10th April 2021
Incident

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Rescue – Kirby Bank, Cleveland Way

SATURDAY 10TH APRIL 2021 Another call-out - the second of the day and our fourth in less than 24-hours! We were contacted shortly before 1600 hours by the North Yorkshire Police with a report that a male walker had sustained a serious leg injury after falling on the Cleveland Way, roughly midway between Lordstones and Wain Stones. An off-duty doctor…

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Applications can be made to join the team in a support role (Operational Support) or as a hill going (Search and Rescue) member.

Applications for either role can be made at any time. Intakes for Operational Support members occur at various times of the year. There is one annual intake for Search and Rescue normally each September.

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