Steel Rigg

08 October 2021

A female collapsed whilst on a walk with her partner between Steel Rigg and Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall yesterday. Thankfully she received very good care from her partner - a GP - right from the outset.

The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance for the incident, the location of which was initially given as 1 mile east of Steel Rigg car park. It was later confirmed by those first on scene as much closer to Steel Rigg near Cat Stairs.

Team vehicles were swiftly mobilised while further information was gathered from the Ambulance Service and the casualty’s partner. Volunteer members from both Mountain Rescue Teams were then called out in case a stretcher carry was required.

Within 30 minutes local Team members arrived on scene and undertook a further assessment of the casualty’s condition before handing over to the NEAS Hazardous Area Response Team Paramedics when they arrived. Other Mountain Rescue Team members with equipment were deployed to the incident site whilst an attempt was made to drive our Toyota Hilux right to the casualty’s location. Thankfully our vehicle was able to access the location and the casualty was transported back to Steel Rigg and then transferred to a crewed Ambulance.

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

The incident involved 20 Team members for 4 hours 40 minutes.