Keep returning to this page for detail on our incidents through 2021.

Rescue – Saltergate – 10th April 02:17 (21/2021)

While returning to Base from incident 20/2021 at Sandsend, a team member was flagged down by a party of three male runners. They had been running from Helmsley to Whitby and had covered approximately 32 miles. One of the party had incurred and injury not continue the run.
After assessing that the gentleman had no serious injuries the three runners were driven to Whitby in a team vehicle to collect their car and drive home.

Search – Sandsend – 9th April 22:56 (20/2021)

Request from North Yorkshire Police for ourselves, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and HMCG to search for a vulnerable high risk female in the area of Sandsend.  Fourteen team members deployed for four hours.

Rescue – Spaunton Quarry – 4th April 12:15 (19/2021)

Called to an organised motor cycle event in Spaunton Quarry.  Report of a child who had sustained injuries after falling from a motorbike.  The air ambulance was on scene above the quarry and the young man was receiving treatment from the crew however our equipment and skills in the form of a bell stretcher and troops were requested to help carry the patient from the incident to a waiting ambulance. Seventeen team members and two team vehicles were deployed for two and a quarter hours.

Rescue – Rudland House – 3rd April 15:09 (18/2021)

Along with Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Yorkshire Ambulance Service HART team and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service we were called to reports of a lady who had sustained an ankle injury while crossing a stream and unable to extract herself from the water.  After assessment and treatment on site the lady was carried to a waiting ambulance at the road side.  Twenty three team members and two team vehicles deployed for three hours.

Rescue – Harland Moor – 21st March 16:35 (17/2021)

Called by North Yorkshire Police to reports of a couple out walking in the area of Harland Moor when the lady in the party had fallen and sustained a knee injury.  We contacted the couple, established their location and deployed two of our vehicles and team members to the scene.  After treatment on site for the leg injury and the effects of cold the patient was carried across the moor to one of our 4×4 ambulances for transport to the road, handover to Yorkshire Ambulance Service and to be taken to definitive medical care. The team were deployed for three hours.

Search – Esk Valley – 20th March 19:19 (16/2021)

Called to attend two walkers reporting themselves lost in woodland in the Esk Valley.  In addition to being lost one of the party had suffered a reoccurrence of a pre existing medical condition and felt unable to continue walking.

Despite poor mobile coverage we managed to confirm their location through the Mountain Rescue England and Wales PhoneFind app and then through text messages, establish their condition and reassure them help was on the way.  Our first team member on scene treated the patient to stabilise her condition and after a while was able to walk the pair slowly to a footpath and out to a waiting Yorkshire Ambulance Service ambulance.

Meanwhile two team vehicles and additional team members were on route should a protracted search be needed, advanced medical intervention be needed or if the patient required extraction by stretcher.

We had eleven team members deployed for around two hours.

This followed a successful ropes training session earlier the day for one of our team bubbles just up the valley at Thomason Foss / Beck Hole. A number of passing villagers commented that they expected to see us soon at one of our ‘hotpots’ for incidents once the lockdown ends.

We did not expect to be back in the area the same evening!

Rescue – Roseberry Topping – 23rd February 17:50 (15/2021)

Called directly by two walkers who had become benighted in high winds at the top of Roseberry Topping.  After giving advice and reassurance over the phone we contacted Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team who escorted them off the hill.  If you believe you need assistance from Mountain Rescue then call the Police and ask for Mountain Rescue who will ensure the incident is passed to the closest team.

Ambulance Assist – Snainton – 22nd February 16:00 (14/2021)

Team member called to a local farm to assist in the treatment of a farm worker who had sustained a lower leg injury while working with cattle.  While waiting for a crew from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to attend we deployed one of our vehicles with splints and pain relief for the patient until they could be moved to definitive medical care.

Search – Lythe – 19th February 22:22 – (13/2021)

Called by North Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a high risk missing person in Lythe. The request was transferred to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team as it was in their area. The missing person was found as CMRT were gathering details from the police.

Ambulance assist – Westerdale – 16th February 16:56 (12/2021)

The team were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist a crew who were unable to access a remote farm in Westerdale due to the local road conditions (snow and ice). The Incident was transferred to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team as the incident was in their area.

Search – Pickering – 13th February 15:43 – (11/2021)

The team were called by North Yorkshire Police to assist in the search for a gentleman reported missing from home in the Pickering area.  Working in sub zero conditions we deployed five search teams to cover paths, tracks and arable land surrounding his property.  As were were completing the first search pattern and following a reported signing by a member of the public the gentleman was found safe and well.  The team returned to base to clean vehicles and equipment in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines before standing down.   Twenty nine team members deployed for just over six hours.

Rescue – Glaisdale Rigg – 12th February – 09:45 – (10/2021)

Called by Whitby Surgery with concerns for one of their district nurses whose car had become stuck in a snow drift on the North York Moors following a home visit.  The nurse was uninjured but unable to continue through the snow. After we used PhoneFind to determine her location as being on Glaisdale Rigg we transferred the incident to Cleveland Mountain Rescue team as it was in their area.   More detail of the successful rescue on Cleveland Team’s website. Two incident controllers involved for thirty minutes.

Police Advice – Irton Moor – 6th February – 19:22 – (09/2021)

Contact by North Yorkshire Police with regards to reports of sightings of what appeared to be a distress flare on the area of iron Moor.   After discussion with the police control room and then they checking with their duty inspector it was deemed that no further action need be taken.  False alarm with good intent.  Two incident controllers involved for thirty minutes.

Flooding Incident – Norton – 22nd January – 16:50 – (08/2021)

At 16:50 on the 22nd January despite the flood levels on the River Derwent flowing through Norton falling there was a significant volume of water reported as seeping from under a brick section of the flood defences along the river and flooding a field next to the river.

The view was that this had the potential to affect a large number of houses and a care home in Norton and could require speedy evacuation of residents.

The Local Resilience Forum and Environment Agency on site wanted to reinforce the wall with sandbags and deploy high volume pumps into the area to pump water back into the river. The challenge with this was that the fields between the railway line and the river were already flooded. Emergency staff on scene also had to coordinate their work around passing trains.
We were asked to provide a swift water and flood rescue team and our raft and sled to ferry the sandbags into the scene.
Augmented by a Swift Water Rescue Team from HM Coastguard Yorkshire & Lincolnshire we collectively waded through 100 metres of waist deep water each way as we moved in excess of 250 sandbags in the darkness through cold and contaminated flood water with air temperature around 2 degree C. At around 00:53 on the 23rd after approximately ten round trips delivering sandbags it was felt that the temporary works would hold and the pumps on scene would keep the levels down.

While this was taking place North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service,  the Environment Agency, Ryedale District Council and others were delivering and operating more pumps in the area, delivering sandbags to the roadside, establishing rest centres and warning residents to be alert to the threat and move possessions upstairs.

Working as best we could within COVID guidelines we deployed 22 team members and two vehicles for just over ten hours returning to base and then home by 03:00. This was only after decontaminating and cleaning equipment as best we could on scene on the understanding that we would be called via normal channels if the situation degraded over the early morning hours. We now have a significant deep clean of kit needed over the weekend.

Additional thanks to the The Salvation Army and local takeaways for hot food and drinks overnight, Pickering and District Rotary Club who bought us the raft after our work in the 2015 York Floods and to Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and other local Mountain Rescue England and Wales teams who were on standby to deploy if needed and to be on scene to replace us if the incident had run until after 06:00 in the morning.

Search – 14th January – 17:24 – Scarborough – 07/2021

Called by North Yorkshire Police over concerns for the welfare of a high risk vulnerable male last seen on the northern outskirts of Scarborough.  Our Incident Controllers were travelling to join up with the police when we were advised that the gent had been located by the police as a result of a reported sighting in town.  The incident lasted for around 30 minutes with three incident controllers involved.

Rescue – 9th January – 15:21 – Sleights – 06/2021

Deployed to farm in the Esk Valley above Sleights on the edge of the North York Moors.  A gentleman had suffered a fall and sustained a suspected hip injury.  A crew from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service were with the gentleman but were unable to get the ambulance to the farm due to poor road conditions, snow and ice.

The team initially deployed to Sleights before sending team members with stretcher, vacuum mattress and casualty bag (think large fleece lined sleeping bag) to close to the farm in a couple of our 4×4 team vehicles.  Once secured in the stretcher we carried the patient to the waiting ambulance for transportation to definitive medical care.  The team wish him a speedy recovery.

Twenty three team members and three team vehicles deployed for two and a half hours in case of the need for a protracted carry out but we only sent the minimum of people to the scene to reduce any COVID-19 risk.

Rescue – 8th January – 15:58 – Dalby Forest – 05/2021

Called by North Yorkshire Police to reports from a resident of Dalby that they had been approached by the occupants of a car which was stuck in ten inches of snow on the hill descending the forest toll road from Adderstone towards Staindale.  The group from the car had approached the resident having walked to the house as they had no mobile coverage to call for help. The individuals were not dressed for the prevailing and previously forecast conditions.   Our two Land Rover crews were dispatched from the ongoing tasking in Rosedale and in addition a team four wheel drive ambulance/minibus was dispatched to the scene.  Upon arrival it was determined that in addition to being stuck the vehicle had a flat battery so was recovered to a parking area by one of our vehicles and the occupants, now very cold and wet, were delivered to safety in the team minibus.  While driving into Dalby we came across other stranded vehicles which were also recovered to the road and escorted to the main road.  Eight team members deployed for three and a half hours including refuelling, returning to base, washing down and deep cleaning the vehicles.

Civil aid – 8th January – 14:05 – Rosedale Abbey – 04/2021

At the requested of Ryedale Local Resilience Forum we collected a number of sandbags from the council depot in Malton and delivered them to two homes at risk of flooding in Rosedale Abbey village.  This request was due to the adverse winter conditions on the route into Rosedale and the need for four wheel drive vehicles.  Two incident controllers and two dual crewed vehicles deployed. When the task completed at approximately 16:15 they all moved onto incident 05/2021.

Rescue – 6th January – 13:30 – Hovingham – 03/2021

Called by both Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Air Ambulance to an elderly male who had become unwell and collapsed in arable land south west of Hovingham.  The patient was carried to the air ambulance and airlifted to definitive medical care.  Eighteen team members and two team vehicles deployed for an hour and ten minutes.

Rescue – 6th January – 11:21 – Cropton Forest – 02/2021

Called to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service in the extraction of an individual with a suspect hip injury sustained from impact by a falling tree.   Fifteen team members and two team vehicles were travelling to the scene when we were stood down as there were sufficient people on scene to carry the patient to the waiting ambulance. Activation was for approximately twenty five minutes.

Search – 3rd January – 17:51 – Snainton – 01/2021

Called by North Yorkshire Police to reports of a lady missing from home in Snainton. The lady was found safe and well by a mobile police patrol shortly after we were called.  Twenty nine team members deployed for thirty minutes.