18 August 2021

A male who was part of a walking group sustained a potentially serious injury as they were walking in the Catton area.

Given the location and the difficult evacuation involved alongside the River East Allen, the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust requested Mountain Rescue’s support. North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves swiftly despatched two 4x4 vehicles and members to the scene.

On arrival it was agreed between the NEAS Paramedics and our operational commander that a helimed would also be requested. The Great North Air Ambulance Service duly responded and were on scene within 10 minutes of their activation.

Following an assessment and treatment by the GNAAS Doctor and Paramedics, the casualty was stretchered to the helimed by Team members. Whilst a short evacuation, the first 30-40 metres alongside the river was particularly challenging. The casualty was then transferred to the helimed for the onward flight to hospital by shortly after 18.00hrs.

We would like to wish the casualty well for a full and swift recovery.

A great example of multiagency working involving the paid professionals and our volunteer members. We would also like to thank the walker’s companions who cared for them until the arrival of the emergency services and helped to direct us all into the scene.

The incident involved 13 members for 3 hours 40 minutes.