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Incidents 2013

We had 60 incidents in 2013.

Search – 29th December 07:50 (60/2013)

Second day of an ongoing search for vulnerable male missing from home in the Whitby area.  Today we were joined by a SARDA handler and search dog from Cleveland MRT. Again, all area were cleared with no result.  We had twenty three team members deployed for seven and a half hours.  The latest appeal for information can be found here.

Search – 28th December 12:33 (59/2013)

Twenty team members deployed for almost six hours searching for a vulnerable male missing form home in the Whitby area.  Having cleared all area as requested by North Yorkshire police the team were stood down and placed on standby to resume the following morning.  Details on the gentleman can be found here.

Search – 26th December 09:30 (58/2013)

The team were called out on the morning of Boxing Day by North Yorkshire Police to search for missing Riccall man Simon Hodgson-Greaves who was reported missing on Saturday 21 December 2013.
The last known position of Simon was the RSPB car park at Bempton Cliffs and the team were tasked to search inland area surrounding the car park while Flamborough RNLI Inshore lifeboat, Bridlington Coast Guard and Rescue 128 searched the area around and below the cliffs.
Having completed our search area, without result, the team were stood down late afternoon.
More information about Simon is here. Should you see him or have knowledge of his wareabouts please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the information to the Force Control Room.

Search – 18th December 03:01 (57/2013)

Contacted by North Yorkshire Police at to look for a vulnerable missing 23 years old male, from Scarborough suspected to be in the Staxton area.  At around 04:40 the gentleman was located by the Police in Seamer, and the team were subsequently stood down. Eleven team members attended for two and a half hours.

Rescue – 15th December 12:01 (56/2013)

Called by Alternate Response Desk, Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist in recovery of injured motorcyclist on one of the forest tracks in Wykeham Forest. Team members were training in the area at the time and mobilised to locate the casualty.  After a short vehicle search the casualty was located and received care from YAS paramedics.  Twenty seven team members attended for one hour and then returned to the training.

Rescue – 6th December 04:00 (55/2013)

Second day of the team providing 4 wheel drive capability, medical cover and water rescue capability for North Yorkshire Police at high tide during the storm surge this morning. We had vehicles in Whitby, Sandsend and team members accompanying officers on foot. Eight team members deployed for four hours.

Rescue – 5th December 17:50 (54/2013)

Team providing 4 wheel drive capability, medical cover and water rescue capability in Whitby for North Yorkshire Police at high tide during the storm surge this evening. Nine team members and two team vehicles in attendance for three hours.

Rescue – 24th November 13:41 (53/2013)

Callout to Nelly Ayre Foss, Goathland from Yorkshire Air Ambulance and North Yorkshire Police to assist in the rescue of a gentleman who had fallen approximately 15ft down an embankment landing on a ledge next to a waterfall and just above water level. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance were already on scene. After recovery from the waterfall he was flown across the valley by YAA before transported to hospital via road ambulance suffering from minor injuries.

Search – 22nd November 12:14 (52/2013)

Contacted by North Yorkshire Police to assist in a search for a vulnerabe female missing from home in the Pickering area since the morning of the 21st.  Twenty six team members were activated until NYP advised us that investigations suggested she may be in the Manchester area and the search was to be focused in that area.  The callout lasted in the order of two and a half hours.

Search – 27th October 14:40 (51/2013)

While mobilising for incident 50 we were called to Bickley Gate in Dalby, The Great Yorkshire, Forest by North Yorkshire Police.  Two children, aged 12 and 15 years had become separated from their family and not been seen for over 45 minutes.  A team member deploying to the RV found the children safe and well and returned them to their parents.  Twenty seven team members attended with all assets, from both callouts, turned round and ready for the next one at 17:00.

Rescue – 27th October 14:28 (50/2013)

Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to locate an injured motorcyclist in Farndale and assist a road crew and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in the rescue. Six team members were on route when we were stood down.

Search – 26th October 12:50 (49/2013)

Called by Humberside police to assist in the search for a vulnerable 76 year old female missing from home in Woodmansey south of Beverley.  YALSAR were called as this is in their area but at the same time the team deployed to provide assistance. The lady was found by a member of the public at 15:15 cold and confused but walking and subsequently evacuated to a place of safety by the team. Twenty four team members attended for just over four hours.

Standby – 24th October 11:29 (48/2013)

Team placed on standby to assist in the search for a fifteen year old female , last seen at 06.30 this morning in the Shipton Road area of York and with a previous record of self harm. Team stood down at 13:10 when the girl was found safe and well.  Five team members involved.

Search – 23rd October 12:22 (47/2013)

Our duty incident controllers were called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a 15 year old schoolgirl who had walked out of school after leaving a note indicating that she intended to self harm in the woods to the west of Scarborough.  We were subsequently stood down some 15 minute later while mobilising the rest of team as the girl had been found safe and well returning to the school.

Search – 17th October 17:26 (46/2013)

Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team were called by North Yorkshire Police at 17:26 yesterday evening with a request to initiate a search in the area of a rural cottage to the North of Robin Hoods Bay for a lady who had gone missing from home earlier in the afternoon.

In appalling weather conditions of low cloud, heavy rain and a freshening wind twenty six team members deployed in five search parties supported by two vehicle borne search teams and our mobile control unit. Our remit was to search the arable land, woodland, paths and lanes in the immediate vicinity of the property along with vehicle searches of roads close to the property and along the disused Whitby to Scarborough Railway line.

At the same time four MCA Coastguard search teams and an RNLI inshore lifeboat searched the cliff tops and tidal margins below the cliffs while the police conducted door to door investigations and property searches. Later in the evening as the cloud lifted a Sea King Helicopter from RAF Leconfield joined the search.

At around 22:00, following reports of someone fitting the description of the missing lady, she was discovered in the vicinity of a caravan park to the north east of the village of Hawsker in an extremely cold and wet condition and evacuated to hospital for further checks.

Team members deployed from as far as York, Coxwold, Bridlington, Malton, Beverley, Whitby and Scarborough. For one team member it was her first callout since attaining such status. The team were subsequently stood down at 22:45.

Rescue – 28th September 12:12 (45/2013)

Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist one of their road crews, a response vehicle and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in the evacuation of an elderly lady who had become unwell while walking through Yearsley Moor Wood on the Howardian Hills.  On arrival we opened various forestry gates to get transport to the lady and after an assessment by our one of our team doctors evacuated her by one of our 4 x 4 ambulances to the road ambulance for transfer to hospital.   Twenty team members attended for 1 hour 48 minutes.

Search – 17th September 11:10 (44/2013)

A team member was flagged down by a motorist in Wykeham to say that there was a loose horse (with saddle and bridle) in the Downe Arms car park but no sign of the rider. A member of the public had called the police. Our team member quickly found the rider on one of the paths uninjured and escorted them to the to police at the roadside. The horse was then found and caught and returned safely back to the stables in Ruston. Incident complete at 11.40.

Search – 16th September 20:49 (43/2013)

Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a 66 year old male missing form home in the area of Lower Dunsforth NW of York. Twenty four team members deployed and searched through the night.   Having checked the area requested by NYP we were stood down in the early hours pending further police investigations.  The gentleman was found safe and well later in the morning resulting in a formal stand down for the team.  Thanks to Swaledale Mountain Rescue team who we placed on standby in case the search became protracted or in the event of us needing their specialist water search capability.  The deployment lasted eight hours (and one minute?).  We later received this message of thanks from the gentleman’s stepdaughter ‘just like to thank you all for last night looking for Eamonn in that ice cold typical English weather! thank you so much from me and my mum’

Rescue – 7th September 14:30 (42/2013)

During team out of area training Snowdonia a group of team members were alerted to three males in difficulty on a steep scree slope above the Pyg Track.  Team members escorted them down to the safety of the track.  Seven team members involved for 45 minutes.

Rescue – 5th September 12:50 (41/2013)

During familiarization training with RAF Leconfield Sea King Rescue 128 two team members were in attendance with the crew for the rescue of a 54 year old female with arm injuries on the rocks below Robin Hood Bay and the subsequent evacuation to Scarborough Hospital. Two team members were involved for 1 hour 10 minutes.

Rescue – 4th September 19:24 (40/2013)

Call by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist in the evacuation of an eight year old girl in the Stanitondale area who had fallen from a horse in open country.  Team members worked with YAS towards a successful recovery to a road ambulance.  As a footnote we received a really nice thank you from the girl a few days after the incident.  Twenty seven team members involved (we were already deployed on exercise) for 3 hours 6 minutes.

Rescue – 24th August 19:55 (39/2013)

Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to attend a road traffic collision where a vehicle had left the road at the Hole of Horcum.  Upon arrival we found that North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service had the issue in hand and the team stood down.  Eighteen team members deployed for 2 hours 5 minutes.

Rescue – 6th August 08:35 (38/2013)

Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the rescue of a female with lower leg injuries on the sea cliffs at Gristhope.  We advised that the Coastguard would be able to respond quicker and were the right agency to contact but we would standby in case our assistance was needed.

Search – 4th August 13:33 (37/2013)

While on exercise with RAF Leeming MRT on the North York Moors the team were called to assist in the search for a missing person in the Egton area near Whitby.  Upon arrival on scene North Yorkshire Police advised us that a member of the public had discovered a body in the River Esk and requested our assistance to recover to Scarborough Hospital.  This was completed using one of our Land Rover ambulances after which the team were stood down and returned to base at 19:10 that evening.  Twenty three team members plus staff from RAF Leeming MRT attended.

Search – 22nd July 23:15 (36/2013)

The team were called out to assist Humberside Police in the search for a vulnerable 54 year old male missing in the Driffield area. Incident controllers and drivers were on route or mobilising when the police rang back to stand us down as the gentleman had been found. Five team members involved for just under one hour.

Search – 21st July 08:30 (35/2013)

Day two of the search for the lady missing from home in the Hutton le Hole area.  Further support provided by Swaledale MRT, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire SAR and three SARDA dogs and handlers from Calder Valley SRT.  Team were deployed for in excess of 11 hours with no find being made.  Having searched all area requested by North Yorkshire Police the team were stood down at 18:40.  Twenty team members from SRMRT attended.  The lady was subsequently found in the area and is recovering in hospital.

Search – 20th July 09:48 (34/2013)

Team called out to search for a 58 year old vulnerable lady missing from home close to Hutton Le Hole.  After a comprehensive search though daylight hours the team were stood down until Sunday morning. Twenty three team members attended for in excess of 12 hours each. In addition Cleveland MRT deployed a further ten of their team in support of the search.

Standby – 17th July 21:10 (33/2013)

Placed on standby by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist in the rescue of a person reported crag fast on a quarry face in the Goole area.  As the team incident controllers and drivers were mobilising we were contacted to say the incident had been resolved locally.  Eight team members active for 43 minutes.

Search – 17th July 10:00 (32/2013

Team deployed from fundraising at the Driffield show in support of Cleveland MRT to search for a 62 year old gentleman reported missing from James Cook Hospital Middlesbrough.  As the team were assembling at the rendezvous a find was made and the team were stood down. Eight team members attended over  four hour period.

Search – 10th July 01:30 (31/2013)

Call passed to us from Cleveland MRT who were already deployed in an unrelated search elsewhere in their area.  Cleveland Police had asked for assistance to search for a vulnerable male missing from home in the Skelton area.  Ten SRMRT team members deployed along with three of Cleveland MRT team and a SARDA dog handler to search wooded area and paths close to his last know position.  Our second search party on the ground found the gentleman safe and well in their area and arranged evacuation.  The team were deployed for 4 hours 30 minutes.

Standby – 3rd July 18:50 (30/2013)

Contacted by North Yorkshire Police for advice on search capability and potential assistance to help in the search for a gentleman missing from home in the Clifton area of York.   The Team were contacted later in the evening by NYP to say a body had been found and our services would not be required.

Rescue – 23rd June 14:02 (29/2013)

While on exercise in the May Beck area we were alerted by ambulance control to an incident at Fadmoor. A motorcyclist riding on the Rudland Rigg, approx 3 miles north from the start of the rigg, had fallen from his bike and was thought to be suffering from a fractured pelvis. Helimed was enroute and we were asked to assist. The team mobilised direct from the exercise and was stood down while traveling to the incident.  Twenty team members were on route for around 60 minutes.

Search – 16th June 18:56 (28/2013)

Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a 11 year old girl missing from home and last seen in the area of Bishop Salmon, Sherburn in Elmet.  Thankfully she was found safe and well by the police while the team were on route.  Sixteen team members responded and were out for two hours.

Rescue – 15th June 13:00 (27/2013)

Team assistance to Edale MRT while we were ‘out of area’ training in their patch. Fourteen team members involved for one hour.  Edale report as follows – The team was called out mid afternoon to a climber who had suffered a medical collapse below Stanage Edge. He was swiftly evacuated on to the top of the crag where Helimed 54 and its crew were waiting. The team medical officer then sedated the climber ready for his flight to hospital. Thanks to members of Scarborough MRT who were climbing on Stanage and gave us a hand.

Search – 10th June 04:50 (26/2013)

Assitance requested by Cleveland MRT to help in the search for a person missing in the Bilsdale area.  Missing person was subsequently found at 08:15 and vehicles returned to base by 09:15.  Six team members attended with more committing to attend later in the day if required.

Rescue – 8th June 12:25 (25/2013)

Another call by Yorkshire Ambulance Service this time to a gentleman with a lower leg injury in the area of Blakey Ridge.  While we were mobilising we learnt that Cleveland MRT were exercising in the area and could get there quicker than us so we passed the job to them.  Twelve team members responded and were on the road for around an hour.

Rescue – 2nd June 12:15 (24/2013)

Called out by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist in the rescue of a female with a leg injury in Dalby Forest. Sixteen team members were on route when we were advised that those on scene had managed the evacuation and we were stood down.   Vehicles were back at base by just after 13:00.

Search – 24th May 08:00 (23/2013)

Following yesterday’s search Humberside Police asked the team to search additional area North of Market Weighton for the gentleman reported missing missing on the 23rd.  After a day of searching a body was found by a SARDA search dog and handler from Edale MRT working with our team members at approximately 17:30. Sixteen team members attended and all our thoughts go out the the gentleman’s family and friends and all those impacted by the events.

Search – 23rd May 01:55 (22/2013)

Team called out by Humberside Police to assist in a search for a vulnerable 74 year old male missing from home in the Middleton on the Wolds area.  After 5 hours 35 minutes searching we cleared our search patterns without result and were subsequently stood down.  Ten team members attended.

Search – 20th May 02:19 (21/2013)

Team alerted to assist in the search for a missing 52 year old male. His vehicle had been located in the Malton area and  North Yorkshire Police were concerned  for his well-being as his family had reported him missing.  At 02:21 the operator advised our duty incident controller that the Police had found a body and our services were not required.

Search – 15th May 19:00 (20/2013)

Team deployed by North Yorkshire police to assist in the search for a vulnerable 86 year old male missing from a care home in the Temple Hurst area south of Selby.  Search parties deployed to search paths and tracks he was known to frequent when we received notification that he had been found safe and well with friends a considerable distance away from the home.  Seventeen team members attended with vehicles back at base and ready for the next shout at 22:45.

Rescue – 9th May 18:30 (19/2013)

Team asked by North Yorkshire Police to recover the body of a deceased male from a footpath on steep ground below the war memorial on Oliver’s Mount Scarborough. Team Members stretchered the body to a waiting Private Ambulance. Sixteen team members attended with all assets back at the team base by 21:00.

Search – 8th May 23:45 (18/2013)

Team asked to assist in the search for a male missing from a local hospital and at risk.  The team were assisted by HMCG Scarborough Team in an area to the north of Scarborough. The man was not found during the night but turned up safe and well the following day. Twenty four team members attended (which equates to 162 person/hours).  Team stood down at 06:30 the 9th.

Standby – 5th May 11:00 (17/2013)

Standby to assist Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team with a search for a missing woman in the Yarm area. Team stood down at 16:00 as no on scene assistance was required.

Search – 25th April 12:45 (16/2013)

The team were called out to assist in the search for a missing 55 year old male reported missing on the 23rd at 23:00. His car was subsequently found parked at Castle Howard on the 25th and team were requested to conduct a search in that area. As the team were deploying an estate worker found a body in the vicinity and the team were stood down.  Out thoughts are with the gentleman’s family and friends and all those impacted by the event at this harrowing time.  Nine team members attended and the vehicles returned to our team base at 16:30 that afternoon.

Search – 8th April 01:15 (15/2013)

North Yorkshire Police requested the team deploy to search for a high risk 50 year old female, missing from home in the Easingwold area.  The team deployed our mobile control unit and three search parties to areas to the north of Easingwold.  The lady found her own way home safe and well just before dawn.  Twelve team members were involved with the team vehicles returning to base around 07:15.

Search – 25th/26th March 20:25 (14/2013)

The team was called out by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a 49 year old lady missing from home in Ulleskelf after leaving the house earlier in the day on a bike ride.  While we were on route NYP advised us that a member of the public had found the ladies bike close to the village of Ryther and the search was refocused in that area.    In the early hours of the 26th one of our search parties discovered a woman’s body in the River Wharfe close to Ryther.  The body was subsequently recovered by ourselves and Swaledale MRT. The immediate family have been informed of the discovery and our thoughts go out to them all.  Eighteen SRMRT and six SMRT team members were involved over a period of six and a half hours.

Rescue – 10th March 15:15 (13/2013)

Team called out by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist in the rescue of a 58 year male who had collapsed on the path between Levisham and Levisham station.  Seventeen team members were on route with our two ambulances when we were stood down as the crew on scene had managed the recovery to a road ambulance.  Incident lasted for one hour between activation and the two vehicles returning to base.

Search – 3rd/4th March 23:45 (12/2013)

Team first alerted on the evening of the 3rd to a 62 year old male reported missing from a bed and breakfast hotel in Robin Hoods Bay. The gentleman had gone out earlier in the day and not returned. Intelligence suggested that he may well have been walking along the cliffs or beach and after consultation with the MRCC Humber and NYP it was suggested, and agreed, that three coastguard teams would initiate the search during the early hours of the 4th and in then escalate to other organisation in the morning if necessary.
Our team, supported by Cleveland MRT subsequently deployed to search the area bound by the old railway line covering tracks, paths and wooded area towards the cliff path. Such was covered from the viaduct in Whitby in the North to Ravenscar in the south.
With no find in our area or those of the other agencies the search was run down mid afternoon.
The missing person was subsequently was located safe and well in Huddersfield at approximately 6.30pm on Monday 4th.  Fourteen team members attended with a stand down mid afternoon on the 4th.

Search – 3rd March 07:30 (11/2013)

Team called out to search woodland and farmland to the south and east of Dunnington in an area bound by the River Derwent in the east and the A1079 in the south. The missing person was a 73 year old female missing from home since the previous Friday. As the search boundary included the River Derwent we called a Swaledale MRT boat and crew in to assist in the search. Regrettably a body, later positively identified as the missing person, was discovered in the river late afternoon and subsequent recovered by the teams and police officers on scene. Twenty team members attended with elements of the team finally returning to base at 21:00.  Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased.

Rescue – 15th February 11:00 (10/2013)

The team were called out by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the rescue of a gentleman with a suspected broken arm on the Cleveland Way between Robin Hoods Bay and Ravenscar. In parallel with mobilising the team we requested the attendance of the local volunteer Coastguard team who could get to the gentleman much quicker than us. Once this action was confirmed the team were stood down at 11:25. Another multi agency effort to save lives in wild and remote places. Two team members attended.

Search – 10th February 07:00 (9/2013)

Following a further request from North Yorkshire Police for assistance in searching for a missing vulnerable woman from Helmsley the team conducted a search in the Newgate Bank area. Nineteen team members attended, having completed the requested search area the team stood down at 17:30.

As a tragic footnote, the body of the missing person was subsequently discovered by a member of the public on the morning of Wednesday the 13th of February and recovered by Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team from the area of Moor Gate. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

Search – 9th February 07:00 (8/2013)

Following a further request from North Yorkshire Police for assistance in searching for a missing vulnerable woman from Helmsley the team conducted a search in the Newgate Bank area. Nineteen team members attended, having completed the requested search area the team stood down at 18:30.

Search – 4th February 07:00 (7/2013)

Following a further request from North Yorkshire Police for assistance in searching for a missing vulnerable woman from Helmsley the team conducted a search in the Newgate Bank area. Eleven team members attended, having completed the requested search area the team stood down at 19:30.

Search – 31st January 10:30 (6/2013)

Team called out by North Yorkshire police to resume the search for missing Helmsley resident Barbara Colling.  The team continued the detailed search initiated earlier in the week and having covered specific area were stood down by the police at approximately 16:45, twelve team members attended.  The latest police appeal for information can be found at this link.

Search – 29th January 08:00 (5/2013)

An ongoing search first instigated by call 4/2013. Confirmed sightings of Barbara Colling, the missing person from the morning of the 28th, meant we focused our search along the B1257 Helmsley to Stokesley corridor and roads, track and woodland leading from that road.  Assisted by Cleveland MRT, RAF Leeming MRT, a SARDA dog handler from Swaledale MRT, Seaking Rescue 128 and a police helicopter we searched throughout the day with no result.  Having completed all areas North Yorkshire Police had requested we cover we were stood down at 18:00.  Thirteen team members attended.  Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Barbara at this most worrying of time.  The police appeal for information can be found here.

Search – 28th January 17:00 (4/2013)

Called by North Yorkshire police to assist in the search of the Helmsley area for a 68 year old vulnerable female reported missing from home earlier in the day. Extensive searching of woodland, roads, moors and farms property to the North of Helmsley by the team, Cleveland MRT, police search dogs, police search teams and a helicopter failed to find the lady.

Rescue – 26th January 08:40 (3/2013)

Alerted by North Yorkshire Police Control to a Land Rover and one of the car stuck overnight on drifts on the minor road (Egton Lane) between Egton and Glaisdale. Each vehicle with one reported occupant.
Stood down by NYP while on route, both vehicle released by a snow plough.

Search – 16th January 21:10 (2/2013)

Team called to search for a despondent male close to the main line railway in the Copmanthorpe area of York as some personal belongings had been found near the railway. The team were tasked to search farm land in the vicinity while the Police and Transport Police searched the rail line. The man’s body was found on the rail line at first light the following morning.

Rescue – 1st January 12:17 (1/2013)

Force control room called the team to assist in the rescue of an injured dog which had taken a long fall down a cliff and was badly
injured.  We are pleased to report that after a protracted period of convalescent the dog made a full recovery.