Keep returning to this page for detail on our incidents through 2020

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

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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.