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.
Thursday 30th July 2020. After a slight lull since our busy mid-July period we had another call-out - our second rescue at Gormire Lake this summer. We were contacted by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust at 3.49pm to assist with a woman who had been injured after falling whilst walking with friends & family near to the lake which is…
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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.Join Now