Incidents 2018

Keep returning to this page for detail on our incidents through 2018

Rescue – 21st July – 11:54 – Hole of Horcum – 56/2018

Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to evacuate a 60 year old female with an ankle injury from the Hole of Horcum.  Carried back to the road side on a team Bell Stretcher and transferred to a YAS ambulance for transport to definitive medical care.

Search – 20th July – 15:00 – Burton Agnes – 55/2018

Request from Humberside Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable, elderly male missing from home in the Burton Agnes area. The gentleman was found safe and well just as our Incident Controller arrived on scene. Team stood down.

Search – 15th July – 09:32 – Burton Agnes – 54/2018

Contacted by Humberside Police to request assistance in searching for a vulnerable, elderly female, who had gone missing from the Jazz Festival at Burton Agnes Hall. The misper had last been seen at 9.15pm on Saturday 14th July, so had been missing overnight at the time of our callout.
The search involved an extensive Police presence, members of the public from the festival (managed by the Police), Fire and Rescue, Fire Search Dogs, NPAS, and Drones
The misper was subsequently found after our stand-down, safe and well in an area/location that had not be searched or requested to be searched.

Twenty team members deployed for 12 hours.

Rescue – 14th July – 13:15 – Snainton – 53/2018

Alerted to a female suffering an Asthma attack.  Treatment administered with good results then handed over to a Yorkshire Ambulance Service crew.

Rescue – 14th July – 09:50 – Gordale Scar – 52/2018

Called by North Yorkshire Police to a 15 year old girl with a knee injury. We quickly determined the incident was out of our area and passed the call to the Cave Rescue Organisation.

Search – 10th July – 11:27 – Sneaton Moor – 51/2018

Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable female whose car had been found in Sneaton Moor.   The lady was found by the police while the team were mobilising and we were subsequently stood down.

Search – 4th July – 23:46 – Hutton Le Hole – 50/2018

Search initiated by North Yorkshire Police for a caver who was overdue from a trip to one of the potholes which run along the other boundary of the North York Moors.  We deployed to check the various entrances but were stood down when the individual was found by the police out of the area.

Rescue – 29th June – 21:15 – Whitby – 49/2018

Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to a 12 year old boy who had fallen from an improvised rope swing into a steep valley on the east side of Whitby.
Working with the Ambulance service, crews from Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and North Yorkshire Police the child was assessed, transferred to a stretcher and recovered to the top of the valley with a rope system. After further assessment on scene he was carried over a couple of fields to a waiting ambulance for transport to definitive medical care.

We subsequently heard that the boy had sustained a fractured skull, after an operation and treatment in hospital he was discharged to his home the following Tuesday and is recuperating well at home.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

Search – 17th June – 13:02 – Cropton Forest – 48/2018

Alerted to reports of a lady overdue from a walk in Cropton Forest.  While details were being collected to lady returned safe and well but confirmed she had indeed been lost for a while.

Rescue – 9th June – 11:33 – Coneysthorpe – 47/2018

Request for assistance from Yorkshire Ambulance Service with the evacuation of a female who had fallen in woodland and was reported to have sustained  upper arm and head injuries.  Fifteen team members deployed for two hours.

Civil Aid – 3rd June – 15:05 – Beck Hole – 46/2018

While returning to base from incident 45 we came across a motor home which had stalled on the hill out of beck Hole and rolled back into the wall at the side of the road.  The driver was unable to move the vehicle so we towed it to the top of the hill where they were able to continue their journey.



Rescue – 3rd June – 13:15 – Beck Hole/Thomason Foss 45/2018

Called by North Yorkshire Police to a 65 year old lady who had slipped on the path between Beck Hole and Thomason Foss and sustained a lower leg injury.  The team deployed, packaged the lady in a Bell Stretcher and Casualty Bag carried her over the beck and up the steep valley to the waiting Yorkshire Ambulance for transfer to Scarborough Hospital.

Thanks everyone for rescuing my wife after her fall at Thomason Falls yesterday. Amazing team effort to get her across the river on the stretcher. No bones broken (at least none of hers!) and the staff at Scarborough A&E were great, too. Keep up the good work!

First aid – 3rd June – 11:30 – Birdsall Estate – 44/2018

The treatment of a number of minor injures at the Yorkshire Mountain Bike Marathon.



First aid – 2nd June – 11:56 – Dalby – 43/2018

The treatment of a number of minor injuries at the Made Of Steel mountain bike event in Dalby Forest

Search – 29th May – 09:00 – Hunmanby – 42/2018

Along with the local HMCG the team were called out to search for a vulnerable 70 year old female missing from home in Hunmanby.  Due to this being a working day we also requested the assistance of Cleveland MRT and RAF Leeming MRT.   The lady was found safe and well close to the railway at 17:12 that afternoon and taken to hospital for checks.  Eleven team members deployed for 10 hours.


Rescue and Searches – 27th May – 15:14 – Goathland and Dalby Forest – 39, 40 and 41/2018

39 – Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service at 15:14 to a lady with a lower leg injury at the bottom on the footpath to the Mallyan Spout waterfall. Thirteen team members deployed and carried the lady back up the path on a Bell stretcher to the waiting ambulance at the Mallyan Spout Hotel.

Well done, you guys were superstars! can’t believe you are all volunteers, you do such an amazing job and I cannot thank you enough!

40 – Just after standing down and at around 17:20 we were alerted by North Yorkshire Police and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team to two young ladies who had become disorientated on a circular walking route starting from the area of the Mallyan Spout Hotel. We quickly returned to Goathland and deployed search parties along the most likely routes. At that point one of our incident controllers managed to establish a call with the party and talked them back to their car.

41 – While driving back to our base at around 18:36 North Yorkshire Police alerted us to a party of three adults and three children under twelve years of age who had reported themselves lost on a walk between Dalby Forest visitor centre and Ellerburn. A hasty search was established on the tracks in the forest and on the trail from Ellerburn resulting in a quick find of the party who were safely returned to their vehicles in our transport.


Rescue – 22nd May – 15:24 – Dalby Forest – 38/2018

Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of two mountain bikers who had collided at a track junction/crossing on the MTB green route. Stood down while on route as the ambulance was able to drive the the site of the accident.

Medical treatment- 20th May – 12:00 – Ravenscar – 37/2018

A number of ‘walk up’ patients at the end of the Ravenscar Coastal Half Marathon and 10km.

Rescue – 13th May – 13:15 – Cropton Forest – 36/2018

A lady had aggravated pre existing back injury while training in the forest, evacuated to hospital for further investigations.

Rescue – 12th May – 13:54 – Hole of Horcum – 35/2018

Called to a lady with a lower leg injury 50 metres from the A169 Whitby to Pickering road in the Hole of Horum below the Saltergate car park.
A crew from Yorkshire Ambulance Service were with the casualty but had no way of extracting them back to their vehicle.
We quickly determined that the path was too narrow to carry a loaded stretcher back up to the car park and any carry through the Hole of Horcum to a drivable track was not practical so we opted to set up a ‘simple’ rope system to haul directly up the slope to the road.
This proved to be a physically demanding exercise for the 15 team member but quickly got the lady to the road, into an ambulance and on the way to definitive medical care.

If you are out in the hills, even close to a road, and suffer an injury then call 999 ask for the Police then Mountain Rescue.

We received the following message from the lady we helped yesterday. (Incident 35/2018).

She had asked for a few pictures she could use in lieu of a sick note 🙂

Cheers for the pictures, my boss will certainly believe this one. I’ve multiple breaks fibula and tibbula, thank you one and all for your kindness and amazing feat getting me up that bloody hill. I hope the young man with the damaged knee will be okay soon. Best wishes to you all

The team member who twisted his knee during the rescue reports this morning that it is ‘Pretty sore but not too bad’

We wish them both a speedy recovery.

Search – 5th May – 23:33 – Robin Hoods Bay – 34/2018

Contacted by North Yorkshire Police via SARcall to help search for a gentleman missing from home in Whitby. He was reported to have walked from Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay earlier in the day and intended to walk back later. When he hadn’t returned we, the Coastguard, HMCG Helicopter Humber were summoned to try to locate him.
The misper was found safe and well but cut off by the tide at Saltwick Nab, he was airlifted to the cliff top where the Coastguard returned him home.

Search – 2nd May – 08:07 – Sessay – 33/2018

Continuation of yesterdays search -SRMRT 32/2018
Extensive searches of the river Swale and all woodland within 3 km of the gentleman’s last known position.
Again we were joined by Cleveland MRT, Swale MRT, Upper Wharfedale MRT and RAF Leeming MRT. All areas identified as possible areas of concern were searched with no find.  As we were standing down the Police were alerted to a possible sighting in York.

Search – 1st May – 10:51 – Sessay – 32/2018

The team augmented with other volunteers from Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and two dogs and handlers from Search And Rescue Dog Association Englandhave been deployed in support of North Yorkshire Police to an area to the south of Thirsk today in the search for a gentleman missing from home.
Having searched large areas of woodland and arable farmland we were stood down by the police at last light. While there was no sign of the gent investigations continue and we standby for further tasking tomorrow.
Many thanks to our neighbouring teams who so readily deployed to assist us.


Search – 23rd April – 08:16 – Sleights – 31/2018

Resumption of the search for the gentleman missing from home in Sleights since 10:00 on the 22nd.   In light of the fact that we had been deployed overnight on the search and that many of our operational volunteers were at work we asked for assistance from Cleveland MRT and RAF Leeming MRT to augment the 12 of our team members who were available.

Sadly in the early afternoon a composite search party from RAF Leeming and our team found the body of a man in one of our search area.   Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family and friends at this difficult time.  Thanks to Cleveland MRT and RAF Leeming MRT who readily deployed to help in the search.

Search – 22nd April – 22:53 – Sleights – 30/2018

Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable 60 year old gentleman missing from home after going out for a walk at 10:00 that morning.  After extensive searches with no result the team were stood down by the police at 04:36.

Medical assistance – 21st and 22nd April – Dalby Forest – 28 and 29/2018

Medical assistance provided to the National XC MTB / Nutcracker event in the Adderstone Field area of Dalby Forest.   Over the two days we dealt with around 13 incidents ranging from a fractured wrist, a head injury and a number of lesser mountain biking injuries.

Rescue – 20th April – 14:23 – Hutton le Hole – 27/2018

Request for assistance from Yorkshire Ambulance Service in locating and evacuating 64 year old male with ankle injury on a farm track near Hutton-le-Hole.  Stood down while mobilising as the YAS crew had found the patient and could evacuate them direct to their vehicle.

Rescue – 10th April – 11:40 – Star Carr – 26/2018

Called by North Yorkshire Police to advise that the missing person from incident 24/2018 had been found and a request to assist them and Yorkshire Ambulance Service in the transport of the lady to definitive medical care in the local hospital. Thirteen team members and one vehicle deployed for fifty minutes.

Standby – 10th April – 08:30 – Seamer – 25/2018

Placed on a formal standby to continue the search for the missing person from incident 24/2018.  Depending on ongoing police investigations we were to be tasked to search areas to the North and West of Seamer through the afternoon and evening.  Eleven of our operational team members had offered their time.  In the event the lady was found before the search tasking (see incident 26/2018).

Search – 9th April – 08:49 – Seamer – 24/2018

Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a 53 year old vulnerable female missing from home in Seamer since 09:50 Sunday 8th of April.   Despite extensive searches in and around Seamer and the assistance of the HMCG Helicopter from Humberside there was no find.  We were stood down early evening but remain on standby should the ongoing police investigations require us to search further area.

Our thoughts are with the ladies family and friends at this difficult time.

Seventeen volunteers deployed for nine hours.

**UPDATE from North Yorkshire Police  11:44 10th April** Denise has been found and is being cared for by the Emergency Services, NYP would like to thank the public for their help in locating Denise.**


Search – 5th April – 14:03 – Filey – 23/2018

Called by North Yorkshire police to use SARLOC to attempt to locate a missing female and her eight year old daughter believed to be missing in the Filey area.  There was no response to the SARLOC message and we were subsequently stood down.

SARLOC involves us sending a text to the phone of a missing or lost person asking them to reply to the text where the reply automatically appends the GPS location of the phone (the recipient is advised of the fact that their location is sent in the reply).

Standby – 17th March – 20:01 – Kildale – 22/2018

At the request of Cleveland MRT the team were placed on standby to potentially assist with any evacuation of the Hardmoors 55 Challenge event.

Standby – 17th March – 16:00 – Yorkshire Wolds – 21/2018

Team response drivers and casualty carers placed on standby for 14 hours in support of Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Humberside Police during a period of anticipated adverse weather.

Rescue – 10th March – 19:15 – Low Dalby – 20/2018

While providing first aid cover at the No Ego Challenge we were approached by a mountain biker who has sustained minor facial injuries.  After initial investigation mild pain relief was administered with the recommendation that he attend A and E at his convenience.

Search – 3rd March – 21:14 – Tadcaster – 19/2018

Tasked by North Yorkshire Police to search wooded area for a vulnerable 38 year old male missing form home.   A number of area searched without result however the gent was found safe and well later well out of the area.

Rescue – 3rd March – 17:51 – Skewsby – 18/2018

Called by Yorkshire Ambulance service to reports of a 14 year old unconscious after a sledging accident. Stood down while on route as they had regained consciousness and walked to the waiting ambulance.

Rescue – 3rd March – 13:23 – Keldy Cabins – 17/2018

Assisted North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service with the evacuation of a lady with a lower leg injury.

Rescue – 1st March – 22:10 – Killham – 16/2018

Alerted by Humberside Police to a motorist stranded in the snow in the Killham area.

Rescue – 1st March – 18:01 – Stape – 15/2018

Called by North Yorkshire Police to a car with two occupants reported to be have been trapped in the snow in the Keys Beck Road area, Stape.  After establishing their exact position with SARloc we deployed team members in two of our team 4×4 vehicles to recover the vehicle to a clear road and then  escorted it safely back to Pickering. Seven team members deployed for two and a half hours.

Standby – 1st March – 15:00 – County wide – 14/2018

Along with other North Yorkshire volunteer mountain rescue teams we have committed one 4×4 vehicle and 5 team members on standby to North Yorkshire County Council to be available until 23:59 2nd March 2018 to deal with county wide incidents during the adverse wether conditions.

Rescue – 1st March – 02:00 – Wold Newton – 13/2018

Around an hour after standing down from 12/2018 Humberside Police called us out again to more stranded vehicles and occupants, this time around the A165 in the Bridlington area.   Initial tasking was to three vehicles with one occupant suffering from angina however quickly escalated to further stuck vehicles, road traffic collisions and road blocks.   Six team members deployed for nine and a quarter hours.


Rescue – 28th February – 18:36 – Millington – 12/2018

Contacted by Humberside Police to provide assistance to motorists stranded in the snow in the Thixendale Huggate area of the Wolds.   Four vehicles visited and cleared and where necessary occupants evacuated to a place of safety. Six team members and two 4 x 4 vehicles deployed for six hours.

Standby – 27th February – 09:00 – North York Moors – 11/2018

Proactive vehicle patrols throughout the Moors in response to the early stages of “The Beast from the East” adverse weather.  Two 4×4 vehicles deployed for three hours with no incidents reported.  A roads generally clear of snow, B roads passible with care.

Search – 24th February – 17:55 – Ravenscar – 10/2018

While assembling in the area of Dalby/Langdale Forest for a night exercise the team were called by North Yorkshire Police to an elderly vulnerable male out cycling and not seen since early afternoon in the Ravenscar area.

While we were on route between the two locations the gentleman was found in a cold and confused state at the side of a quiet country lane by a team member.   He was quickly moved to one of our vehicles for an initial assessment and warming while an ambulance was requested from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to transfer him definitive medical care.

He was very lucky on two counts, firstly the keen eyes and inquisitive nature of the team member who found him and secondly the fact that we drove that route at all from our exercise area.   It is not a road team members would normally use to travel to Ravenscar from home or the base and was well to the south of the gents last known position and what would have been our initial search areas.  It could have been much worse if he had been out any longer in near freezing conditions with a significant wind chill factor.

Once he was safely transferred to the care of Yorkshire Ambulance Service we returned to our exercise with a wide area search and successful rescue in Langdale Forest, finally standing down in the early hours of the morning. Picture shows team members back on the exercise.




Search – 18th February – 15:45 – Millington Woods – 09/2018

The team received a request from Humberside Police to assist with the search for a vulnerable male missing from home in Pocklington.  Information from the family was that Millington Woods was a particular favorite location of the gentleman and so it was agreed to conduct an initial search of this area. While mobilizing the team he was found safe and well walking on the disused railway line to the south east of Pocklington.

Rescue – 12th February – 15:17 – Cayton Bay – 08/2018

Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist with the rescue of a vulnerable female in the vicinity of Cayton Bay.  Once it was determined that HMCG were also on route we were stood down.

Rescue – 7th February – 16:02 – Wheeldale Moor – 07/2018

Incident 07/2018 16:02 7th Feb. Called by North Yorkshire Police to an elderly couple whose car had left the road on the north facing slope of the Stape to Egton Bridge road at Wheeldale Gill high on the North York Moors National Park.
On route we were advised that the couple had been successfully rescued by the police along with the occupants of two other vehicles which had also left the road in the icy conditions in the area. As there were multiple other vehicles involved we were asked to clear the whole road of stranded drivers between Stape and Egton Bridge.
Upon arrival at Wheeldale Gill we successfully recovered a fourth car from a ditch along with the two occupants and their two dogs and escorted them to Pickering to continue their journey. (after a short wait for a Highway Agency vehicle to self rescue and clear itself from the road).
In debriefing the occupants of the car we were told that they also had a recovery vehicle from a well known national rescue company on route to assist them. In contacting the driver of that vehicle we discovered that he too had become stuck on the gated road above Egton Bridge so to finish the evening off we drove over the moors to recover his vehicle and see him safely on the way to his next job.
Six team members and two 4 x 4 vehicles deployed for just over four and a half hours.

Medical cover – 27th January – 18:15 – Dalby Forest – 06/2018

Treatment of a small number of minor injuries at the No Ego Torch Challenge

Rescue – 21st January – 14:25 – Fenwick – 05/2018

Request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to attend a road traffic collision with reports of persons trapped at Fenwick (north of Doncaster). This request was due to adverse weather conditions.  We advised that our travel time would be in  excess of one hour and as such YAS opted to send their closest crews.  Team stood down.

Rescue – 13th January 11:16 – Ravenscar – 04/2018

Along with HMCG teams from Ravenscar, Burniston and Scarborough we were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to a 28 year old female who had sustained a lower leg injury abut 100m from the bottom of the cliff path running to the rocks below the Raven Hall Hotel.  After initial treatment on scene a request was made to the MCA helicopter from Humberside to winch to a waiting ambulance in the hotel grounds to save a long and uncomfortable stretcher evacuation for the casualty (and team members).  Yorkshire Air Ambulance also in attendance which provided medical assistance.

Standby – 9th January 22:23 – Boroughbridge – 03/2018

Along with Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team we were alerted by North Yorkshire Police to a gentleman reported missing from a road traffic collision in the area of Boroughbridge (on the border of the three teams).  Team were to be deployed if the police search was unsuccessful.

Search – 7th January 18:30 – Robin Hoods Bay – 02/2018

Alerted to a 27 year old cyclist overdue from a ride along the old railway line from Robin Hoods Bay to Scarborough.  As the team were mobilising we were contacted by the reporting person to say they had contacted the cyclist and all was well.  Team stood down.

Rescue – 1st January 12:10 – Scarborough – 01/2018

While providing first aid cover to the  Scarborough Lions Charity New Years Day Dip we were alerted by a member of the public to an unconscious male in a nearby building,
Several team members attended and found a 65 year old male laying prone on the floor who had just regained consciousness.
After several minutes the casualty had recovered sufficiently and after being checked over by one of our medial practicioners was discharged to home via one of his relatives.