Hotbank Crags, Hadrian’s Wall

23 September 2022

The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance for an injured female walker on Hadrian’s Wall to the east of Hotbank Farm. The female had sustained a lower leg injury and was unable to weight bear. A Team member who had been out for a run happened upon the incident and was able to provide additional information to our Mountain Rescue control, and support the female’s partner in providing immediate care.

Alongside a crewed Ambulance which was already en-route, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves swiftly deployed three blue light 4x4 response vehicles and requested other members to travel direct to Hotbank Farm.

Within 45 minutes of the activation, a number of Team members and the Ambulance crew were on scene and treating the female’s injuries. On arrival of our Toyota Hilux, a local farmer very kindly offered to transport the additional equipment required to evacuate the female from a location just above Hotbank Crags back to the farm. His support certainly made our job a lot easier!

By 12.50hrs, the female had been safely evacuated on our Titan stretcher and wheel to the farm, where she was handed over to the crewed Ambulance for onward transport to hospital.

A job very well done. Despite her injuries the female walker was in good spirits and we wish her well for a swift recovery.

The incident involved 11 Team members for 3 hours 25 minutes.