2020CALLOUTS 28
2019: 61 Callouts | 2018: 78 Callouts
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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. Already in 2020 we have been on standby to assist with flooding due to Storm Dennis in February and earlier that month we assisted with flooding outside of our area in Pateley Bridge.

Between 2013 and 2019 we responded to 399 call-outs where our specialist skills and equipment were needed to help local people and visitors. In 2019 we had 61 call-outs and dealt with 10 other incidents where our knowledge and expertise were used to help the Police.

28th June 2020
Incident

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Castleton Rescue

Sunday 28th June 2020. At 9.12pm we were contacted by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service with a request to assist them at Castleton where a car had reportedly gone off the road and down an embankment. North Yorkshire Police were also in attendance.  In what was our second call-out of the day, Team members were called out from home and drivers were…

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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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