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New rescue dog finds unconscious missing person

Handler John with dog Rauour Credit: Mark Hogarth/Pawsed Photography

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.

A Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter helped in the search Credit: Scott Amos

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.

The helicopter airlifted the woman to hospital Credit: Scott Amos

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.”

– Dave Wright, Deputy Team Leader

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Mountain Rescue Team helicopter training

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.

New Helicopter for Lake District Mountain Rescue

The new helicopter in action Credit: ITV Border

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.

– Richard Warren, Lake District Mountain Rescue Team Association
Team members are briefed inside the helicopter Credit: ITV Border

Mountain rescue teams training day in Lakes

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
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