Keep returning to this page for detail on our incidents through 2020
Rescue – 7th November – 13:07 – Hole of Horcum – 51/2020
Called separately by North Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service earlier this afternoon to reports of a gentleman who had sustained a leg injury while walking in the Hole of Horcum and who was unable to continue. Those reporting his injury were staying with him and doing their best to keep him warm to minimise the effect of Hypothermia.
Team members deployed to the closest road access at Saltergate car park and then walked into the find site with the required rescue equipment. After treatment at the find site the gentleman was loaded onto a team Bell stretcher before a protracted and steep carry out to a Yorkshire Ambulance Service vehicle at the hairpin on Saltergate bank for handover and evacuation to definitive medical care.
Yet again our recently procured Lyon Equipment stretcher wheel proved its worth in making for a smoother ride for the patient and going some way to ease the carry out for our team members. That said it was still a difficult carry out, compounded by COVID-19 PPE being worn by team members. After handover team members decontaminated on site before returning home and the team vehicles and equipment were cleansed at base ready for the next incident.
Twenty two team members and two team vehicles were deployed for just over four hours.
We wish the gent a speedy recovery and thank those who helped him before our arrival and who had raised the initial alarm.
Search – 26th October – 13:00 – Cayton – 50/2020
Called by North Yorkshire Police to search arable land to the south of Cayton village as part of the ongoing search for a local resident reported missing from home earlier today. Just after last light, having searched the area requested by the police, with no result the team were stood down. We remain ready to redeploy if necessary, our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family and friends. Twenty two team members deployed for six hours. Footnote: The gentleman was found safe and well close to home in the early hours of the 27th.
Search – 24th October – 01:07 – Yearsley Wood – 49/2020
Called by North Yorkshire Police to a lady who had reported herself lost in Yearsley Wood and unable to identify any recognisable landmarks. Fourteen team members deployed and the lady was quickly found by one of the first team members on scene. We were deployed for two and a quarter hours including travelling time both ways and ‘routine’ COVID-19 cleaning measures once back at base.
Search – 21st October – 20:30 – Levisham Station – 48/2020
Called by North Yorkshire Police to reports of a walker who had become separated from his group on a circular route on the North York Moors in failing light and had subsequently failed to return to his vehicle. After a combined search with team members, North Yorkshire Police and a fixed wing aircraft from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) the gentleman was found safe and well and returned to his vehicle. Twenty team members and a search dog deployed for four hours.
t and the area was safe the team member administered first aid to one casualty until the statutory blue light services arrived on scene.
Ambulance assist – 12th October – 18:58 – Snainton – 47/2020
Called to attend a member of a local running club whom had become unwell while exercising. A team member and vehicle attended along with crews from Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Sadly the person was declared deceased on scene. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and those involved in the incident.
Rescue – 10th Sept – 19:18 – Welburn – 46/2020
Gentleman reported to have been ‘clipped’ by a horse sustaining a suspect hip injury on arable land close to Welburn. We were called as the incident was across a couple of fields and the ambulance service were worried about vehicular access. In the event the crew managed to get their vehicle close to the scene and we were stood down while travelling.
Search – 9th Sept – 20:22 – Langdale Forest – 45/2020
Called by North Yorkshire Police to search for a lady who had reported herself lost (disorientated) in Langdale Forest while mountain biking to meet her husband at Maybecks. She had provided a good w3w location to the police which placed her close to the edge of Fylingdales Moor and to the east of RAF Fylingdales. Team vehicles were deployed into the forest and at the same time one of our team members deployed with the MOD Police from RAF Fylingdales through their access onto the moors. The lady was quickly located by both parties and other than being cold was safe and well. After confirming her husband had got home safely we drove her (and her bike) home in one of our vehicles.
It is not uncommon for people to become disorientated in the woodland in darkness but she did all the right things after that. Called the police, provided a good location via her smartphone to the police, had sufficient charge in the phone to speak to our incident controller and held her position until we got to her.
A good result.
Rescue – 8th Sept – 17:40 – Hempholme Lock – 44/2020
Alerted to reports of a gentleman who had become unwell on a vessel on the canal at Hempholme Lock. A crew from Yorkshire Ambulance Service were en-route but had concerns over vehicle access to the site. We were asked to deploy in case evacuation of the patient was needed down the tow path or across fields. We had two team vehicles and nineteen team members traveling to the location or on standby when we were stood down by the ambulance service as our services were no longer required.
Rescue – 7th Sept – 16:28 – Bridestones – 43/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to a lady in the area of Lower Bridestones with a suspected broken ankle . A crew were with the patient but needed our assistance to evacuate the patient to the ambulance parked at Staindale car park in Dalby Forest. Nineteen of our team members responded, placed the patient in a casbag and then transported her to the ambulance for evacuation to definitive medical care.
Rescue – 3rd Sept -20:48 – Fylingthorpe – 42/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist in the evacuation of an unconscious female close to a footpath in Fylingthorpe. An ambulance crew were on scene and treating the lady but had requested our stretcher and personnel to carry her back to the ambulance. Seventeen team members deployed for two and quarter hours.
Search – 1st Sept – 17:05 – Ambleside! – 41/2020
Our duty Incident Controller contacted on the team telephone number by a caller wishing to report his father was missing on a walk and the family were worried for his safely. In obtaining the callers location it became evident he was close to Ambleside in the Lake District. The caller as advised to hang up then dial 999 ask for the police then mountain rescue which would get him through to the local team.
Standby – 30th Aug – 21:00 – Lockton – 40/2020
Contacted by the owner of a local team room who had spoken to a couple earlier in the afternoon who had parked their car, visited the tea room and told him they were going for a ‘quick walk’. When they had not retuned by 21:00 he became concerned for their welfare and raised the alarm. We contacted North Yorkshire Police with the details who in turn contacted the force for where the car was registered. Investigations continued through the night and until the couple returned to their car at around 09:00 the following morning having ‘camped out’ overnight. The tea room owner gave them some ‘advice’ before they went on their way.
Rescue – 20th Aug – 16:30 – Low Dalby – 39/2020
Team called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of an injured mountain biker who had reportedly “gone over his handle bars”. The exact location of the patient was unknown but the call had been made from the Bike Barn – Low Dalby. On arrival at scene the team found that the casualty had been loaded onto an ambulance and was on his way to hospital. Nineteen team members and two team vehicles deployed for one and a quarter hours.
Rescue 12th Aug – 13:47 – Thomason Foss – 38/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of a lady who had sustained a lower leg injury on the steep path leading to the Thomason Foss waterfall. Working with the crew on scene we administered pain relief and splinted the injured leg before a stretcher evacuation back down the path, across the steam and a short rope haul up the opposite bank. We are grateful to the Goathland crew from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for their assistance in the subsequent carry up to the waiting ambulance. Fifteen team members and three team vehicles deployed for three hours.
Rescue – 4th August – 14:38 – Beck Hole – 37/2020
Activated by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of an elderly lady with an ankle injury and in severe pain in the valley above Beck Hole. Yorkshire Air Ambulance were quickly on scene but asked for our assistance and equipment to evacuate the lady from the scene of the accident. In the end the decision was to transport her by road ambulance and the team carried her approximately 1km to the road before transport to definitive medical care. Eleven team members deployed for two and a half hours.
Rescue – 31st July – 00:38 – Fylingdales Moor – 36/2020
Called by North Yorkshire Police to reports of a gentleman suffering from exhaustion on the high ground to the west side of Jugger Howe Beck while attempting a west to east crossing of the Lyke Wake Walk. The gentleman was reported to be uninjured and accompanied by a second walker but unable to continue the walk. After establishing their position with the PhoneFind utility a limited, covid secure, response of team members and vehicles was deployed. The team drove onto the moor and walked out to the group’s position, after a medical assessment the two were escorted to our vehicles before been driven to their support vehicles on the Whitby to Scarbrough road. Seven Team members deployed for three and a half hours.
Rescue – 26th July – 11:51 – Allerthorpe Common – 35/2020
Called to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service to attend an elderly lady who had become unwell in open ground inaccessible to ambulances. The majority of team members were stood down while travelling to the scene as the patient had recovered sufficiently to be walked back to the road and a waiting ambulance. Ten team members deployed for an hour and a half.
Rescue – 19th July – 18:20 – Huggate – 34/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of two people being trampled by cattle on farmland north of Huggate on the Yorkshire Wolds. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance and a road crew from the Ambulance Service were on scene and treating the patients when we arrived. We assisted in walking one patient to the road ambulance for onward transfer and carried the other to the air ambulance for a flight to definitive medical care. Eighteen team members and two team vehicles deployed for two and a half hours.
Rescue – 13th July – 14:15 – Raincliffe Woods – 33/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Air Ambulance to reports of a 15 year old male who had fallen from a mountain bike in Raincliffe Woods sustaining back and arm injuries. Once on scene we established the need for our vacuum mattress and Bell stretcher, when safely packaged the patient was carried by team members out of the woods and down the road to the waiting air ambulance for subsequent evacuation to James Cook University Hospital and definitive medical care.
We wish the young man a speedy recovery.
Fifteen members deployed for three hours observing Covid – 19 protective measures and decontaminating equipment following the rescue.
Rescue – 11th July – 16:05 – Grosmont – 32/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to rescue a lady who had become unwell on a footpath adjacent to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway just south of Grosmont. The team were stood down while mobilising as the lady had recovered sufficiently to be walked back to the car park in Grosmont.
Rescue – 20th June – 16:17 – Haxby – 31/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with the rescue of a young male casualty from an embankment in the Haxby suburb of York. Soon after the initial call YAS stood the team down.
Rescue – 19th June – 11:21 – Cayton Bay – 30/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to help locate and evacuate a female who had sustained a wrist injury in Cayton Bay Woods and who was unable to make her way up the path to the road. After locating the lady she was treated by a Yorkshire Ambulance Service crew before we, Scarborough and Burniston Coastguard Rescue Team and Filey Coastguard evacuated her up the steep path on one of our stretchers. Once at the road she was transferred to the waiting ambulance for evacuation to definitive medical care.
Ambulance Service Assist – 13 June – 17:30 – Hull – 29/2020
Call to one of our duty incident controllers from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to ask the feasibility of us using the PhoneFind functionality within SARcall to locate a patient outside of our area whom they were struggling to find. They had been trying to determine a location unsuccessfully for around 20 minutes before calling us. While we were taking the details the ambulance service managed to talk the reporting person through What 3 Words functionality and dispatched a crew to them. We were thanked for the offer of help.
Civil Aid – 8th June – 13:40 – Fylingdales Moor – 28/2020
A team member practicing ‘social distanced’ navigation skills discovered what was believed to be an item of ordnance on Fylingdales Moor in the area previously used in the Second World War as a gunnery range. A photograph was sent to North Yorkshire Police who in turn called out a detachment from 11 Ordnance Disposal and Search Regiment, Catterick to attend. We escorted two police officers to the scene who remained with the relic until the EOD team arrived and arranged safe disposal. Picture taken the day after clearly shows the imprint from the item. More details from the National Park web site on the use of the moors during the war here.
Rescue – 5th June – 13:52 – Burton Riggs – 27/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of a female with an ankle injury at the southern edge of Burton Riggs nature reserve. The ambulance crew were with the patient but asked for our assistance to evacuate back to their ambulance on the road at the north of the nature reserve. Team members and vehicles were deployed for three and a quarter hours. Image shows team members following social distancing while decontaminating and changing into clean clothing as part of our Covid-19 protection measures after the incident
Rescue – 31st May – 16:45 – Thomason Foss – 26/2020
In a true multiagency incident we were called this afternoon to reports of a male who had sustained injuries after tombstoning off Thomason Foss waterfall close to Goathland. We attended the scene along with North Yorshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Additionally some off duty nurses had been treating the patient before arrival of the blue light services. Thomason Foss, a steep sided valley, is particularly difficult to extract a casualty from and in light of the suspected injuries we requested the assistance of the MCGA Helicopter from Humberside Airport which completed a difficult winch from the scene of the accident and then flew the patient to Hull Royal Infirmary for definitive medical care. Our team had 27 team members deployed for three and three quarter hours in appropriate covid-19 PPE.
Rescue – 29th May – 13:30 – Hutton Buscel – 25/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of a female who had sustained injuries after a fall from a horse on a track North of Hutton Buscel. An ambulance crew were with her and had treated her injuries but requested assistance to recover her up the track/bridleway back to their ambulance. Fifteen team members deployed for two and a half hours.
Rescue – 28th May – 17:04 – Millington Woods – 24/2020
Called by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance air desk and Yorkshire Ambulance Service to a lady who has sustained a lower leg injury in woodland to the North East of Pocklington. Crews were on scene but due to the terrain were unable to extract the patient back to their ambulance. Team members and vehicles deployed and with a team stretcher carried the patient to the waiting ambulance by 19:20. After initial decontamination of team equipment on scene we returned to base to restock and deep clean the vehicles and were ready to go again at around 21:15. Twenty one team members deployed for four and a quarter hours.
Rescue – 27th May – 17:25 – Brimham Rocks – 23/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of a climber having fallen 30ft at Brigham Rocks. Incident passed to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association as it was in their area.
Search – 26th May – 00:39 – Middleham Keys – 22/2020
Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a high risk vulnerable female missing from home. After determining the exact location for the search area the tasking was passed to Swaledale MRT as it was in their area. They subsequently found the lady later that morning safe and well and she is receiving the appropriate care.
Search – 22nd May – 15:26 – Selby – 21/2020
Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a high risk vulnerable male reported missing earlier in the afternoon and whose car had been found unattended in woodland to the west of Selby. The team were stood down while travelling as the police had located the gentleman. Eighteen team members and three team vehicles deployed for just over one hour.
Rescue – 14th May – 17:31 – Tadcaster – 20/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of a 75 year old gentleman who had fallen on the public footpath alongside the River Wharfe south of Tadcaster resulting in him sustaining a knee injury. As any evacuation was likely to be up a steep embankment we were mobilised should our equipment, expertise and personnel be needed. Fourteen team members and two of our team vehicles were deployed. Once on scene one of our Incident Controllers ascertained that the ambulance service resource on scene had the evacuation in hand and the team were stood down. Vehicles were back at base by 19:30.
Search – 12th May – 16:30 – Reasty Bank – 19/2020
The team received a call from a member of the public who was concerned for a cyclist who was overdue having gone out for a ride in the Reasty Bank area. The cyclist returned home whilst the team were mobilising for a search.
Recovery – 21st April – 15:31 – Hayburn Wyke – 18/2020
Called by North Yorkshire Police with a request for assistance to recover the body of a gentleman who had sadly died in woodland to the north of Cloughton. Fourteen team members attended and with use use of a Bell Stretcher we carried the gentleman from the find site to a waiting Private Ambulance at Hayburn Wyke. A further seven team members were on standby and we were deployed for three and three quarter hours.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the gentleman’s family and friends and all those involved in the incident.
This is our second callout during the lockdown and the first where we got boots on the ground, team members were deployed in appropriate medical personal protection equipment for the pandemic in addition to our standard clothing and equipment which proved both uncomfortable to work in and significantly slowed down the whole incident. There was also additional work to decontaminate vehicles, equipment and clothing on the return to base and restock the team vehicles to ensure we remain operational through this difficult period.
Rescue – 12th April – 14:41 -Wharram Percy – 17/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of a gentleman becoming unwell on a path off the main track in Wharram Percy Medieval Village. We were subsequently stood down while mobilising as our assistance was no longer needed. Fourteen team members initially responding.
Search – 9th March – 11:08 – Whitby – 16/2020
Resumption of incident 15/2020. At the request of North Yorkshire Police we returned to the area of yesterday’s callout to search rural land to the south east of Whitby Abbey. Sadly in the late afternoon a body was found by one of the police search teams and we were stood down. Fourteen team members deployed for six and a quarter hours. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the gentleman’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Search – 8th March – 16:04 – Saltwick Bay – 15/2020
Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a gentleman missing form home in Leyburn whose car had been found earlier in the day at Saltwick Bay just south of Whitby. Despite comprehensive searches by ourselves, the local HMCG teams, a HMCG Helicopter and the police no trace was found of the gentleman and we were stood down by the police. Twenty team members deployed for six and a half hours.
Rescue – 7th March – 13:27 – Washpit Dale – 14/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to an injured horse rider in a remote, wooded location south of Leavening. We were initially stood down soon after the first call as an ambulance was on scene however were called again when the vehicle struggled to get up the unmade track with the patient. We deployed to site, transferred the casualty to a Bell Stretcher and transported her to the waiting Air Ambulance before recovering the ambulance back to the road with one of our Land Rovers. Fifteen team members deployed for three hours and the first outing for the Lyon Equipment universal stretcher wheel to ease a protracted carry out on uneven ground.
Search – 2nd March – 08:09 – Aldwark – 13/2020
Resumption of incident 12/2020 with fifteen team members, including water assets, deployed for eleven hours, again without result.
Search – 1st March – 21:24 – Aldwark – 12/2020
Team delayed in support of North Yorkshire Police in the search for a hight risk vulnerable male missing from home. Fifteen team members searched through the night and into the early hours of the following morning before being stood down by the police at 06:00 on the 2nd.
Standby – 27th February – 11:00 – Hirst Courtney – 11/2020
Water rescue assets placed on standby by our local resilience forum (LRF) to respond to potential overtopping of the flood defences in Hirst Courtney. Fifteen team members stood by for six hours.
Search – 26th February – 07:00 – Bridlington – 10/2020
Called by Humberside Police to assist in the search for a high risk vulnerable male missing from home in the Bridlington area. As our incident controllers were taking the details we received notification the the gent had returned home and was safe.
Rescue – 22nd February – 13:49 – Hawsker Bottoms – 09/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of a 59 year old female who had fallen on the rocks at Hawsker Bottoms and sustained a suspected fractured wrist. Team mede ready to respond until, we could conform the local Coastguard team were being deployed.
Standby – 15th February – 13:00 – North Yorkshire – 08/2020
Water rescue assets placed on standby by our local resilience forum (LRF) to respond to flooding incidents as a result of Storm Dennis. Twelve team members stood by for seven hours.
Standby – 9th February – 13:09 – Pateley Bridge – 07/2020
One of our water rescue teams and a team vehicle placed on standby to assist Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA) who were responding to reports of flooding in the Pateley Bridge area. By late afternoon the water levels had started falling and the team were stood down.
First Aid – 1st February – 18:45 – Dalby Forest – 06/2020
Administered first aid to a lady taking part in the Noego Torch Challenge who had sustained a lower leg injury.
Search – 26th January – 16:31 – Falling Foss – 05/2020
Deployed following a call from North Yorkshire Police to reports of two walkers who had become disorientated in failing light on a walk around the Falling Foss/Littlebeck/Maybeck Area. We quickly established their location using the PhoneFind utility from within the Mountain Rescue England and Wales SARcall application and deployed team members to meet with them and escort them back to their transport at the Falling Foss car park. We had six team members deployed for one hour.
Rescue – 25th January – 13:01 – Osgoodby Bank – 04/2020
One of our Incident Controllers in discussion with Cleveland MRT as to which team could get to this location quickest to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service in the rescue of an injured mountain biker. As Cleveland we already deployed on training they were best placed to attend.
Rescue – 19th January – 12:59 – Mallyan Spout – 03/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to reports of a two walkers who had fallen on the path leading to the bottom of the Mallyan Spout Waterfall.
Once on site it was established that the gentleman had sustained bruising to his chest and was suffering from cold and that his partner was complaining of severe back pain after falling across a rock step.
The gentleman was walked slowly back to the top of the path for more detailed assessment and warming in a team ambulance while the lady was packaged in a team vacuum mattress before being carried by the team to the waiting Yorkshire Air Ambulance and a flight to definitive medical care.
The gentleman was subsequently assessed by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service crew and deemed fit to leave the scene at which point we drove him to his car in Goathland village.
Thank you to the Mallyan Spout Hotel who provided a warm drink for the gentleman and to the passing walking party who donated £40 to the team.
Rescue – 9th January – 14:44 – Burythorpe – 02/2020
Called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist them and Yorkshire Air Ambulance in the treatment and evacuation of a lady who had sustained a lower leg injury and then fallen part way down down a Motte and Bailey Earthworks south of Burythorpe on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.
After the patient’s injuries had been stabilised and she had been lifted into our Bell stretcher we hauled her to the top of the earthworks before transfer to the air ambulance and evacuation to definitive medical care.
Sixteen members deployed for three hours.
Search – 1st January 16:57 – Helmsley – 01/2020
Alerted by North Yorkshire Police to reports of a gentleman who had become separated from his wife while walking in woodland north of Helmsley. In identifying likely search areas our Incident Controllers established these to be in Cleveland MRT area. We were in the process of handing the incident to Cleveland when the two teams were notified that the couple were now safe and well and back at their car. Teams stood down thirty minutes after being called.