Rescue stars are honoured with awards

The Scarborough and Ryedale mountain Rescue Team, from left, David Edwards,Chris Gibson with Riddick the owl,Team Leader Andy Crossley and Roger Hartley..'103269c
The Scarborough and Ryedale mountain Rescue Team, from left, David Edwards,Chris Gibson with Riddick the owl,Team Leader Andy Crossley and Roger Hartley..'103269c
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RESCUE victims came face-to-face with the local heroes who saved their lives at an awards ceremony for lifesaving volunteers last night.

Supported by Welcome to Yorkshire, the Search & Rescue Awards Ceremony was held at the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar, to spotlight the vital work carried out by five lifesaving teams - including the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team.

Based in Snainton, the team was established in 1965 and covers the eastern half of the North York Moors, Yorkshire Wolds, Scarborough, Ryedale and York.

A total of 20 awards were presented at last night’s event, while three of the casualties rescued told of their dramatic rescue bids.

The teams primarily cover North Yorkshire, which is England’s largest and most rural county, stretching 3,000 square miles and bordering seven other counties, although they can be called out further afield.

In total, the five teams have responded to 163 incidents over 15 months - roughly one call every 48 hours.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “These lifesaving volunteers are vital to Yorkshire and vital in keeping our visitors safe. It was an honour to support last night’s Search & Rescue Awards ceremony to highlight the invaluable work they do.”

The other four teams are the Cave Rescue Organisation, based in Clapham, which provides the cave and mountain rescue service in the Three Peaks area of Dales, extending into Lancashire and Cumbria and eastwards as far as Malham and Gordale; the Cleveland Search and Rescue Team, based in Stokesley, who cover the North West of the North York Moors and Cleveland Area; the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, based in Catterick, which covers the Swaledale and Wensleydale area; and the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, based in Grassington, which covers Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Littondale and Mid-Airedale.

Individual awards were handed out to members from each team, including the following members of the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team:

David Edwards is a team party leader and driver for the team, living close to the team base and is generally one of the first to be called to respond to call-outs at all hours. David takes an active role in fundraising activities and presenting to local interest groups.

Roger Hartley is an experienced Party Leader, casualty carer and team driver. Roger and a friend have completed the Coast to Coast walk and John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle ride to raise funds for the team and Grace Murray, who suffers with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Ian Hugill, deputy team leader, has been a member of the team for 11 years. Ian has brought a wealth of experience in dealing with incidents to the team after previously working within the military.