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Incidents since 01/01/1990
Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team were called out at midnight on Friday night to search for a group of 5 male walkers who had phoned the police and said that they were lost up on the moor.
The 5 males aged between 19 and 21 and from Stockton and Eaglescliffe had set out from the top of Carlton Bank at around 6 pm when conditions were bright. However by 8.30 pm conditions were deteriorating quickly, as low cloud and heavy rain reduced visibility to a matter of a few feet. As darkness fell the group lost their way and after wandering around the moor for some time they realised they were lost and phoned for help.
The Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team managed to make contact with the group by mobile phone and established that the group had walked past the old glider station on Carlton Bank. Just after midnight two Land Rovers, a search dog and 18 members of the Rescue Team began their search of the paths across from Carlton towards Scugdale. With visibility almost zero the Team put on the blue lights and sirens of the vehicles in the hope that the group would see and hear the Team. The strategy worked and the group were able to walk toward the Team vehicle and rescue. By 1.40 am they were safely in the Team Land Rovers
Barry Warrington a spokesperson for the Team said “Conditions were appalling; fortunately we were able to keep contact with the group via mobile phone. With the limited information they were able to give us, together with a lot of local knowledge we were able to locate the group relatively quickly and get the lads safely off the moor. They were all cold and soaked through. If they had ended up spending the night on the moor circumstances might have been very different”
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Four teenagers sparked an early morning rescue after getting lost while walking on Roseberry Topping.
Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team was called out shortly before 1am yesterday after youths got stranded on the hill.
The four male teenagers, who did not have torches or adequate warm clothing, got lost as they climbed down and ended up on a very steep part of the hill.
As rain had made the surface very slippery, the teenagers became concerned for their safety.
They called the emergency services and nine volunteers from the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team arrived within 15 minutes to begin a search of Roseberry Topping.
The young men were quickly found and escorted to safety.
Barry Warrington, spokesman for the rescue team said: “Although it was raining, compared with the last few weeks conditions were relatively mild.
“We had mobile phone contact with the guys so we were aware that apart from being somewhat disorientated no one was injured.
“Calling for help quickly ensured that the worst thing they suffered was a case of severe embarrassment.”
Cleveland Police have now warned of the dangers of not planning thoroughly before setting out on a walk.
Inspector Ian White said: “I would like to stress the importance of planning ahead, for example taking warm clothing and planning the time of your activities carefully to make sure that you are walking in daylight.
“This particular incident not only put the lives of those being rescued at risk it but also that of the rescuers. In this particular incident fortunately all ended well thanks to emergency services.”
Story Courtesy of Evening Gazette
A major 6 page article in the February edition of Country Walking Magazine entitled 'How to Stay Safe'
has given the Team prominent national coverage. The article features two members of the Team: Neil Hopkins and Pete Mounsey, who went walk-about with a journalist and photographer from the magazine in October. They did a brilliant job in representing our Team in particular and Mountain Rescue in general.