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Swift Water Training

On Thursday three Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue team members attended a training exercise near Barnard Castle on the River Tees. In attendance were members from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and neighbouring team Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.

In recent years SRMRT have been called to flooding incidents in Filey, Helmsley, Malton, and Pickering, deployed to a tidal flood surge in Whitby and Sandsend and are routinely deployed for river searches on the Ouse, Derwent, Esk and Wharfe which makes such training and intra agency work so important.

It was a excellent day practicing; defensive swimming, throw line rescues, tethered swimming rescues, shallow water dive, wading rescue techniques and tensioned diagonal rope systems using a rescue raft to recover casualties.

Here are some of the photos from the day, courtesy of CVSRT member Richard Smith.