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. In 2020 and 2021 we were on standby at various times to assist with flooding locally and across the region and to assist motorists stranded due to snow.
A call-out is recorded only when Team members are actually deployed (and one or more Team vehicles leave our Base). If we are stood-down before deployment we do not class that as a 'call-out'. Instead it is separately listed as an 'incident' (any may be reported in our News section).