North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves received our second incident on The Cheviot in Northumberland National Park within the space of five days following the easing of lockdown. North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance for a lone walker who was struggling to get down from The Cheviot and required medical care. Initial information indicated the walker was between The Cheviot and Scald Hill.
The Teams swiftly responded with three 4x4 vehicles mobilised and members requested to RV in the Harthope valley. While most members were still travelling to the RV, two hasty teams were deployed onto the hill. One from Langleeford Hope heading up towards The Cheviot and one from the Hawsen Burn heading up Scald Hill. One of the estate workers kindly assisted by transporting one of the hasty teams part way up Scald Hill.
At 19.50hrs the casualty was located just below the summit of Scald Hill. They were assessed by a Team medic before being walked slowly off the hill to one of our vehicles for a short journey down to the valley. The casualty was then handed over to the Ambulance Service for further assessment.
At this point other members who were ready to be deployed from the RV with vital medical and rescue equipment were stood down.
We would like to wish the walker well and emphasise that they did exactly the right thing by requesting help from the emergency services.
The incident involved 29 Team members for 3 hours 10 minutes.