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Roseberry Topping Rescue

Sunday 12th July 2020. We were contacted by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service at 11.55am with a request to assist them at Roseberry Topping. A walker had collapsed on one of the paths in the woods below the summit. A doctor out walking had initially stopped to assist the 67-year old woman from Stockton-on-Tees, who had been walking with family members when taken ill. Team members including our two Team doctors made their way to the scene and commenced treatment of the casualty. She was then placed on one of our specialist mountain rescue stretchers.

By this stage a Great North Air Ambulance helicopter had been deployed and landed near to the shooting box below Roseberry Topping so we carried the casualty approximately 300-metres uphill to meet them. Not a particularly long or difficult route but very warm for the Team members as they were wearing protective clothing and PPE in line with our current COVID-19 protocol for all rescues.

After a further period of treatment by the doctors and helicopter crew it was decided that by then she did not require helicopter evacuation, so we carried her a short distance across farmland to a waiting ambulance which took her to hospital for further assessment and treatment. Many thanks to everyone at Aireyholme Farm for their assistance in getting the ambulance so close to us. 19 Team members were involved (plus one co-ordinating remotely) for approximately 2.5 hours.

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