Saturday 19th September 2020. The North East Ambulance Service contacted us at 10.17pm to assist in searching for a young female who was reported to have been taken ill in the Thornaby-on-Tees area. Information was that she may have been somewhere in the Stainsby Wood / Stainsby Beck area but telephone contact had been lost.
A number of our volunteer Team members were called out and made their way to an RV-point where they liaised with ambulance crews in the area. Cleveland Police officers were also informed. We were divided into search parties and allocated a number of areas to search. Two hours after the call to us, Police officers traced the female who was safe and well. After a debrief our Team members were stood-down and returned home.
Eighteen Team members were involved (and one co-ordinating the response remotely) for approximately 2.25 hours, plus further time for some people in decontaminating the Team Land Rover back at Base until approximately 1.20am.
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