Busiest week of the year for rescue team

Highline.jpg ' the winchman and casualty entering the Seaking with 'highline' attached to prevent the stretcher from spinning

Highline.jpg ' the winchman and casualty entering the Seaking with 'highline' attached to prevent the stretcher from spinning

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Scarborough’s mountain rescue team has had its busiest week of the year so far after five call outs in as many days.

The action packed week included a large area search, three rescues and a redirected request.

the various agencies involved in the New Wath scar incident preparing for the winch

the various agencies involved in the New Wath scar incident preparing for the winch

The first call came at around midday on Tuesday 14 when the team were requested to assist the Yorkshire Ambulance service with a rescue. However it materialised that the call was out of area, and the incident was passed onto the correct team.

Just hours later on Tuesday evening mountain rescue crews were then called by North Yorkshire Police to Dalby Forest, where a family of four had become disorientated.

The team vehicle with a crew of two was dispatched to the area, where they found the party and returned them safe and well to their vehicle.

On the afternoon of Thursday 16 the team were called out again, this time to assist in the rescue of an elderly male from New Wath Scar, near Goathland. He sustained a suspected leg fracture following a fall.

Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue team and vehicles packing up after the successful search on the Lyke Wake Walk

Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue team and vehicles packing up after the successful search on the Lyke Wake Walk

Yorkshire Ambulance Service was in attendance, and the injured person was winched into the RAF Seaking Rescue 128 and flown to Scarborough Hospital. Team members then took the injured person’s friends back to Pickering.

After the incident the Moutain Rescue team received the following post on their Facebook page: “Thank you all so much for rescuing my brother-in law. He is doing well after surgery. Thank you for taking my twin to Pickering Station and keeping her sane!”

The next day the team had just finished an evening’s training when they got a call from Ambulance Control to assist in the evacuation of a male near Beggars Bridge in Glaisdale.

The male had sustained a leg injury following a near vertical fall of more than seven metres. There was no option of using a helicopter so crews carried the casualty for approximately 700 metres along a narrow and slippery track to an ambulance.

The week finished on Saturday 18 when the team was called at 5am to assist in the search for two overdue “Lyke Wake Walkers”. They had last been see at 8.30pm the previous night at Ellerbeck Bridge on the A169 Whitby to Pickering road. Search parties covered eight miles between the A169 and Ravenscar Mast, and then looked further into Harwood Dale and Fylingdales Moor.

The first missing person was found in Harwood Dale Forrest, clearly disorientated. Search parties extended the search before it became apparent his walking companion had got himself to Burniston. They stood down at 10.55am.