2023: 51 Callouts | 2022: 61 Callouts

Search – Yarm (2 of 2)


Further to call-out 41/2021 on Sunday evening, the following morning we received a further request from Cleveland Police to assist with searching for the missing woman and we again deployed to the Blue Bell car park to commence searches of the area. A number fo Team members were again allocated to search parties with more of them to follow as they became available during the day.

We also contacted our colleagues at Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) – they sent two search dogs and their handlers – one from Swaledale MRT and one from the Cave Rescue Organisation to cover other areas of land around Yarm. MRSDE also made arrangements to send further dogs / handlers later in the day.

During the afternoon, whilst the searches were on-going, we were thankfully informed that the woman had been located safe and well outside our search area by the crew of the river rescue boat – well done to them! At that point our Team members and the dogs & handlers were able to return to the RV-point to be stood-down. A very welcome outcome. Twelve Cleveland MRT members were involved for approximately four-hours, with others en route at the time of the stand-down plus others available later but obviously not required. 

Thanks again to MRSDE, Swaledale MRT and the CRO for their support – dogs are invaluable in such situations being able to expertly cover a large area of ground. Also, thanks to another neighbouring team at Teesdale and Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team for their offers of support. Working with the Police and the river rescue boat the search was a great example of multi-agency working.

And finally – thanks to everyone at the Blue Bell, Yarm for their support!

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