Incidents

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2022

51/22 - 26/6/22

On Saturday evening the team was called by North Wales Police to assist with a missing person enquiry.  On closer inspection it was realised that the incident was in the area covered by Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and the call was passed to them.  The incident concluded an hour later when the missing person was located safe and well.

50/22 - 21/6/22

On Tuesday afternoon the team was asked to assist with a missing person search around Holywell by North Wales Police, working alongside Search and Rescue Dog Association SARDA Wales.  During the early stages of preparation and planning the good news was received that the missing person had been found and we stood down.

49/22 - 19/6/22

On Sunday afternoon Brecon Mountain Rescue Team asked us to assist with an injured person near Welshpool.
Stood down when the Wales Air Ambulance managed to extract the casualty without our assistance.

 

48/22 - 13/6/22

Shortly after midnight the team was contacted with regard to a high risk missing person search.  After discussion with our First Responder it was agreed that there were no logical ground search areas for team members at that stage.  The missing person was located safe and well later on that day.

47/22 - 12/6/22

Shortly after 10:30pm on Sunday the team was called to assist the Welsh Ambulance Service to extract a patient from the edge of the River Dee at Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen.  Given the location only a small group of team members were sent to the scene for the expected short carry to a waiting ambulance.
The casualty was packaged onto an ambulance scoop and then put onto our Bell stretcher.

46/22 - 7/6/22

Shortly after 10pm on Tuesday North Wales Police requested our assistance to locate two persons who had found themselves unable to find a way out of a flooded area in countryside near Padeswood, Buckley.
We used some phone tech to identify their exact location. Team members then went to get them.
When we arrived North Wales Police , North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and National Police Air  resources were already on scene.
Team members supported the Fire Service with additional water rescue trained people in case of a protracted search or carry out.
The casualties were located by a combination of the Police helicopter search light and water rescue Firefighters on the ground. 
NEWSAR Team Members provided the two very wet casualties with a Blizzard Protection Systems jacket and blanket, with warming pads. They were then walked back to the road and handed over to the care of Police Officers.
#multiagency

45/22 - 2/6/22

As team members returned to base from the Fun Day in Saltney we were alerted to a walker in distress on Offas Dyke near Llangollen.  
Two Landrovers and team members went to scene as it looked likely that we would need to stretcher off the casualty.  Just as we arrived a Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust crew reached the casualty and were able to walk him off with their assistance.
Once we had confirmed we were no longer needed we stood down.

44/22 - 1/6/22

Our second call today was for another missing person enquiry.  North Wales Police asked us to assist with a search for a man missing in the Deeside area.  Team members arrived on scene and prepared to deploy, when the good news came in that the man had been located safe and well.
Our incident control vehicle is critical to successful management of incidents like this.  Can you help us to replace it?
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43/22 - 1/6/22

North Wales Police called the team shortly after midnight this morning regarding a missing person in the Prestatyn area. Fortunately the missing person was located just a few minutes later and we stood down.

42/22 - 30/5/22

Our second incident today was for a couple who were a bit misplaced on the many tracks in the woods on the east side of Moel Famau. Our Incident Commander used some phone technology to locate them and provided directions. Unfortunately contact was then lost, so a small group of team members went to scene in a Landrover to pick them up. 
However, the initial instructions had worked and the couple found their way back to their vehicle and called in to report they were safe. We then stood down.

41/22 - 30/5/22

Earlier today North Wales Police asked for assistance with a missing person search in the area around Erddig, Wrexham.

As we were beginning to deploy the good news came in that the missing person had been located by Police Officers and we stood down.

40/22 - 26/5/22

Medical emergency on the Llantysilio hills, near Bryneglwys, on Thursday.  Team members attended in two Landrovers. Working alongside the Coastguard Helicopter and Wales Air Ambulance.

39/22 - 20/5/22

Two days of intensive searching for a missing person around the Loggerheads area, working with North Wales Police. Found safe and well.

Our searches are usually coordinated from our Incident Control Van, which is at the end of its working life. To donate to help replace it see https://newsar.org.uk/replacem3
 

38/22 – 8/5/22

On Sunday afternoon a teenage girl on a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition collapsed near to the Horseshoe Pass. Team members met the casualty party and carried out a medical assessment before taking her and the rest of the group to a safe place where she was handed into the care of her parents. Thanks to the group leader and teachers present who helped to get us to the right location as soon as possible.

37/22 – 7/5/22

A mountain biker sustained injuries while at an event in Clocaenog forest this afternoon. Team members attended and provided patient care alongside a Welsh Ambulance Paramedic. The casualty was then extracted on our stretcher and driven in our Land Rover to meet an Air Ambulance, who took him off to hospital.

 

36/22 – 1/5/22

On Sunday morning North Wales Police requested our assistance to locate a person injured and missing after a serious single vehicle road traffic collision.  Shortly after the first team members arrived the missing person was located by Police Officers and we stood down.

35/22 – 30/4/22

On Saturday afternoon North Wales Police requested our assistance with a missing person enquiry.  After consultation with Police Officers it was agreed that there wasn’t an appropriate search task for us and we stood down.  SARDA Wales completed a small search to establish direction of travel and then stood down.

34/22 – 27/4/22


On Wednesday  afternoon a lady took a tumble off the Leete path at Loggerheads and suffered a head and arm injury.
Team members attended and completed an initial patient assessment.  At this point a Welsh Ambulance crew arrived at the scene and took over casualty care.  We then set up our wheeled stretcher and conveyed her back to the Ambulance at Loggerheads. Get well soon!

 

33/22 – 21/4/22

At 9:30pm on Thursday night the team was called to assist a mountain biker south west of Holywell. He had sustained a significant injury to his leg.
Team members attended and provided pain relief, before manipulating his leg back into a neutral position, in order to protect the blood supply to the limb below the injury site. His leg was then splinted and he was carried by stretcher to our Landrover, then he was driven directly to hospital.
Well done to the casualty party who had fitted an improvised splint before we arrived and met incoming team members to direct them quickly to the scene.
Get well soon!

32/22 – 16/4/22

This afternoon we were asked by North Wales Police to help the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust with a patient in a rural location between Mold and Ruthin. As we were standing up a response the Police contacted us to say WAST had managed to extract the patient and we stood down.

31/22 – 15/4/22

Just before lunchtime today we were called to assist an injured mountain biker at Llandegla Forest.  Team members packaged the casualty onto our stretcher and used a rope rescue system to protect a lower to safer ground.  The casualty was then carried to a waiting ambulance.

We worked with Oneplanet Adventure and the Welsh Ambulance Service to get the casualty off to hospital.

Get well soon!

 

30/22 – 06/4/22

On Wednesday afternoon we were called to Llandegla Forest to assist an injured mountain biker. Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics were already on scene and we were asked to assist with the evacuation.
Due to the suspected injuries the WAST paramedics had requested assistance from the Coastguard helicopter service.


The helicopter crew reviewed the potential winch locations and on balance it was agreed by all that the winching risk to the patient was greater than if we carefully carried the casualty out. The team packaged the casualty onto our wheeled stretcher and very carefully walked out to the road. The casualty was then conveyed by road ambulance to hospital.
Get well soon!

  

29/22 – 06/4/22

In the early hours of Wednesday morning we were asked by Brecon Mountain Rescue team to assist with an incident south of Welshpool.  As we started to gather information we were informed that Dyfed Powys Police no longer required Mountain Rescue assistance and we stood down.

28/22 – 03/4/22

Earlier today North Wales Police asked us to assist a mountain biker in woodland south east of Llanddulas.  He had injured his shoulder a fall.
As we were starting to deploy the good news came in that the casualty had been able to walk off with assistance from a passer by and we stood down.

27/22 – 23/3/22

On Wednesday evening we were alerted by North Wales Police to a report of shouts for help on Foel Fenlli, near Moel Famau. We were training at our base, close to the incident, so a small group of team members went to investigate, but found no sign of anyone in distress. The area has good mobile coverage and other members of the public were around.
Our MR colleagues in Snowdonia frequently get calls like this, which are very often related to groups of mountain goats who can sound very like cries for help. We’re not aware of any goats on Foel Fennli, but it is possible it was sheep.
False call with good intent.

26/22 – 22/3/22

On Tuesday afternoon we were requested to assist Welsh Ambulance with the extraction of patient from a rural location south of Wrexham.  As the first team members arrived the good news was received that the ambulance crew had managed to move the patient and we stood down.

25/22 – 15/3/22

Following the opening of an inquest, we can now report that the team was called on the 15th March by North Wales Police to assist with the search for Mr Patrick Cahill. Initially Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales) deployed two trailing dog teams who provided a suspected location. The location was confirmed by Police helicopter.
Due to the inaccessible position, team members then had to descend to the location using a rope rescue system. The team then recovered Mr. Cahill to the cliff top and handed over to the Police.
We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Cahill.
Article in the North Wales Pioneer.
https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/20026933.body-missing-old-colwyn-man-found-quarry-ledge/

24/22 – 13/3/22

Assistance to Welsh Ambulance with a medical emergency in a remote location in the west of our area.

 

23/22 – 7/3/22

On Monday 7th March the team was requested to assist with the recovery of a person found in a working quarry on the outskirts of Denbigh. Several hours of careful work on steep ground, using a technical rope rescue system, was required to extract the man so he could be passed into the care of North Wales Police. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/body-found-denbighshire-quarry-drone-23396774

 

22/22 – 6/3/22

We were asked by North Wales Police to assist a woman with an ankle injury on Moel Famau.  The team responded in two Landrovers to the scene.  A small group went up the main track to the site of the incident.  The casualty was given first aid, before being placed into our Landover and taken down for handover to a family member who took her to hospital.  Get well soon.

They had a lovely St. Bernard…. no brandy barrel around its neck unfortunately 🙂

21/22 – 27/2/22

North Wales Police asked us to assist Dyfed-Powys Police with an incident near Llanymynech. As we were responding it became clear that other resources had also been tasked and were already on scene.  We stood by in case our assistance might still be required.  Once it was confirmed that the casualty had been evacuated by the Wales Air Ambulance we stood down.

Longtown Mountain Rescue Team were also tasked and were travelling from the south.

Story from the Shropshire Star

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/mid-wales/llanymynech/2022/02/27/casualty-airlifted-to-hospital-after-falling-down-rock-face-at-quarry/

20/22 – 26/2/22

At lunchtime on Saturday the team was asked by North Wales Police to help find a lady in her 70’s who had become separated from her husband while walking in the Loggerheads area.  There was a concern that she had suffered an accident or become unwell.

As the team was responding the good news was received that they had been reunited and we stood down.

19/22 – 17-18/2/22

Following preparations on Thursday, a group of water rescue qualified team members, supported by vehicle drivers and an incident commander, deployed on Friday to a forward control point at St Asaph alongside water rescue teams from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

We were prepared to react quickly to potential flooding incidents which may have occurred due to high tides and the predicted storm surge.  Fortunately no serious issues were reported and we stood down a few hours after high tide.

A big THANK YOU to NWFRS for providing a comfortable place to wait and for the excellent packed lunch!

Picture shows team members inflating rafts and rescue sleds, ready for quick deployment.

 

18/22 – 16/2/22

Earlier this evening North Wales Police asked us to assist two walkers who had become separated from each other on the Berwyn Mountains high above Pistyll Rhaeadr. The one who called 999 couldn’t find their way off. We had an approximate location from their 999 call, but couldn’t get through to speak to them to confirm exactly where they were. Given the weather and the darkness the team deployed with two Landrovers and our Incident Control Van, expecting a potentially protracted search.
As we were on the way the good news was received that they had managed to get down safely and our team members stood down.

17/22 – 14-15/2/22

Assist North Wales Police with a high risk missing person enquiry.  Investigations are continuing and no further detail can be published at this time.

16/22 – 05/2/22

North Wales Police asked us to assist a well prepared walker on the moors north east of Llangollen. He was in distress due to the severe weather combined with some unlucky equipment failure that resulted in him having to walk in the dark. Team members and vehicles were prepared to deploy, while our Incident Commander tried to talk the walker down with some phone directions.
Fortunately after several calls over the space of an hour the walker was able to reach the Panorama road and was collected by a family member. The rest of the team then stood down.

15/22 – 22/1/22

The THIRD call of the day came in this evening when two canoeists became separated from their group, while in the region of a weir. They were on the Afon Efyrnwy south east of Llyn Efyrnwy. Due to the potentially very serious nature of the incident, members of Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team and South Snowdonia Search & Rescue Team also sent water rescue personnel to the incident.
Fortunately the two missing people managed to get back in touch with the main group and confirmed they were some distance down stream, but unhurt. We were very relieved to get this news.

14/22 – 22/1/22

While responding to the previous glider incident, we were asked to assist a man with a medical emergency, also on Moel Famau. Team members were quickly on the scene and provided initial casualty care before transporting him down to an ambulance. Get well soon.

13/22 – 22/1/22

At lunchtime on Saturday North Wales Police asked us to assist at an incident on Moel Famau. Initially reported as a crashed paraglider, it turned out to be a full size glider, with two occupants, who had been forced to land on the side of the hill. It was soon established that neither occupant was injured.
Gliders occasionally have to “land out” away from their home base. But this was a particularly spectacular spot to pick and understandably members of the public feared the worst!
Our team members provided safety cover when members of the local Denbigh gliding club arrived to move the glider.

 

12/22 – 17/1/22

On Monday evening North Wales Police called our neighbours Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation regarding a woman and her children who had become disorientated in woodland near Rhos on Sea. The area is close to the dividing line between our two teams and the incident was deemed to be in our area. In the end it was easier for Ogwen to manage the incident, but fortunately before anyone needed to go out a member of the public heard the cries for assistance and led them to safety.

11/22 – 15/1/22

On Friday night North Wales Police requested our assistance with a missing person enquiry in the Buckley area. Our First Responder provided initial planning and technical assistance and contacted SARDA Wales about the incident.
Shortly afterwards we were informed that the missing person had been located and we stood down.

 

10/22 – 14/1/22

On Friday night North Wales Police requested our assistance with a missing person enquiry in the Buckley area. Our First Responder provided initial planning and technical assistance and contacted SARDA Wales about the incident.
Shortly afterwards we were informed that the missing person had been located and we stood down.

 

 

9/22 – 10/1/22

Our busy spell continues. Later on Monday evening North Wales Police asked us to assist two walkers who had been reported as lost on Moel Famau following a call to a family member.
Unfortunately the missing pair couldn’t be reached by phone call, so a limited callout was instigated to search for their vehicle and then start a search of the expected locations where people sometimes end up. This often involves the forestry roads on the Loggerheads side of the summit, where it is very dark!
Fortunately while all this was happening they turned up back at their car and we stood down.

 

8/22 – 10/1/22

On Monday evening North Wales Police requested we investigate reports of several stationary flashing lights high on the Clwydian Range.
Our First Responder contacted the member of the public that called the Police, who confirmed that the lights had now moved on. The informant was happy that there did not now appear to be anyone in distress and so the incident was closed.
It’s surprising how many people are up on the hills at night getting exercise, either walking or mountain biking. But if you have a concern for welfare it is always better to make the call and let the Police and ourselves investigate.

 

7/22 – 8/1/22


Shortly after the previous incident concluded the team was contacted by Dyfed-Powys Police to assist the Wales Air Ambulance at a road traffic collision near Llanfyllin. While the team was mobilising to the location the casualty was extracted with the help of MAWW Fire and Rescue and we stood down.

 

6/22 – 8/1/22

At midday on Saturday the team was called by North Wales Police to assist the Welsh Ambulance Service with a patient who had sustained a lower leg injury while walking above Meliden. The man was given pain relief, his leg was splinted and he was then carried by stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

 

5/22 – 6/1/22

Missing Person enquiry. Ongoing.

 

4/22 – 6/1/22-8/1/22

We are very sad to report that Mark Pullin was found deceased by a foot search party after a protracted and complex search. NEWSAR Search Managers and Search party members looked for Mark for two days. On the second day we were joined by a number of other team members from Cheshire Search and Rescue and Môn-SAR.  SARDA Wales also had dog teams out throughout the search period.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

 

3/22 – 3/1/22

On Monday afternoon North Wales Police asked us to assist a woman who had sustained a leg injury on a hill above the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen.
Team members quickly reached the site and provided pain relief and splinting, before using a rope system to protect the stretcher on the steeper parts of the journey down to the road. The casualty was then conveyed to hospital by private car.
Get well soon!

2/22 – 3/1/22

In the early hours of Monday the team was called by North Wales Police regarding a missing person enquiry near Bodelwyddan. Our First Responder provided some information to the Police to assist with their enquiries. Shortly afterwards the missing person was located by Police Officers and we stood down.

1/22 -1/1/22

Initially at 01:30 then regrouped at 08:00 alongside Coastguard and RNLI. Our First Responder attended to assess the most appropriate action. Fortunately the higher tide allowed the RNLI to recover the item of interest and we stood down.