Members of a mountain rescue team say valuable training with a Seaking helicopter helped to save a woman's life after finding her unconscious in the snow.
She was discovered on Wednesday night at by the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.
The rescuers have been practising with a helicopter during a training exercise near Peebles.
Matthew Taylor reports.
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Matthew Taylor meets three-year-old rescue dog Rauour, whose nose is responsible for finding an unconscious missing woman last night.
Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team found a missing woman last night with the help of a new rescue dog.
Three-year-old Rauour and handler John, a member of Tweed Valley MRT, found the unconscious woman at 8pm after a three hour search in the Innerleithen area.
Because of the woman’s dark clothing and distance into the woodland, the Mountain Rescue Team claim it was Rauour’s sensitive nose that located the woman.
Despite the difficult conditions, a Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter from HMS Gannet was also scrambled and used its infrared camera to assist in the search.
The helicopter then airlifted the woman to hospital.
Tweed Valley MRT believe Rauour helped to save the woman's life.
“The conditions were pretty bad with strong winds and driving snow – it’s a safe to say that the combined efforts of John & Rauour, Tweed Valley MRT, Police and the Royal Navy saved the woman’s life.”
A new type of helicopter has been put through its paces in the Lake District, before it starts coming to the aid of walkers who get into trouble on the fells. Rescue teams from across Cumbria have been given training today, to see how the new aircraft differs from the RAF Sea King, which has been used for decades. Jenny Longden reports.
Training has taken place to familiarise Mountain Rescue volunteers with a new helicopter to be used in search and rescue missions.
The Sikorsky S92 was flown in to Thirlmere in the Lake District this morning.
From April it will replace some of the RAF Sea King helicopters used by Mountain Rescue teams across the UK, after the contract for Mountain Rescue helicopters was awarded to Bristow Helicopter Ltd in 2013.
A slightly different helicopter, the Agusta Westland AW189, will be used by the Lake District team when it arrives at Prestwick next January.
The new helicopters are slightly bigger, faster and more powerful than the Sea King.
Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association Chairman Richard Warren said:
This is state of the art, the rotor blades are heated so it doesn't ice up, it has got GPS so that it can hover very very carefully over a location, it is faster, bigger, takes a bigger payload, takes two stretchers, 11 team members, so yeah, it has got a rear ramp, so it has got all the bits and pieces plus a double winch so, fingers crossed we are going to get a really good service from Bristow.
Nine mountain rescue teams from Cumbria are taking part in a joint training day in the Lake District.
The day will consist of team members being trained to use the new Sikorsky helicopter, which is more modern and larger than the Sea King.
Two groups of 30 mountain rescuers will each be put through morning and afternoon training sessions.
The teams taking part are:
- Cockermouth MRT
- Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit (COMRU)
- Coniston MRT
- Duddon and Furness MRT
- Langdale and Ambleside MRT
- Kendal MRT
- Keswick MRT
- Kirby Stephen MRT
- Wasdale MRT
Members of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team have been learning life-saving skills today during a training exercise at the River Ettrick. The Scottish Border based volunteers have been learning how to search rivers safely and rescue people drifting downstream. Jenny Longden reports
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A fundraising campaign has been launched to replace the control vehicle used by Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.
The charity, which is made up of on-call volunteers, are asking members of the public to buy a 'virtual pint' online, by donating the cost of a pint to their cause.
They want to buy a new £60,000 state of the art vehicle, equipped with technology such as a satellite data connection, touch screen computers for search planning and the most up to date communications equipment.
The current vehicle is 15 years old.
More information can be found here.