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10 walkers rescued from Cheviot Hills

Mountain Rescue Team members Credit: Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Ten walkers were rescued from the Cheviot Hills after suffering symptoms of hypothermia.

Four mountain rescue teams including Tweed Valley and the Border Search and Rescue Unit and a Coast Guard helicopter were deployed to search for the casualties last night.

All the walkers were found and taken off the hills by midnight.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue welcome new vehicle

After two years of fundraising, the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team has taken delivery of their new incident control vehicle.

The £70,000 incident control unit has increased technical capabilities and provides some much needed comfort for the volunteers. Lori Carnochan reports:

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New vehicle for Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue

The new response vehicle Credit: ITV BORDER

Members of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team have been getting to grips with their new vehicle.

It's taken two years to raise the £67,000 needed for the response van, which is filled with the latest high-tech gadgets to assist the team on call-outs.

Full of the latest technology Credit: ITV BORDER

The 40 team members are being trained on how to use all of the technology. It surpasses the capabilities of the old response vehicle which had far less communication functions.

Getting to grips with the new wheels Credit: ITV BORDER

The vehicle has been funded by the local community and also a number of larger donors.

'Turn your clocks back' Mountain Rescue teams urge

Mountain rescue teams in Cumbria are urging people to make sure they've turned their clocks back an hour.

Many people forget to, and get caught out when darkness falls sooner than expected on the Lake District fells.

ITV Border's Greg Hoare went to meet one of the members of the Wasdale team, to pick up some more safety tips.

Naked calendar to raise money for mountain rescuers

The team reveal all in a naked calendar. Credit: Penrith Mountain Rescue Team

Mountain rescue teams usually advise people to dress appropriately and according to the conditions... but one Cumbrian group has chosen to bare all to raise funds.

The Penrith team covers the largest area of all of the Lake District mountain rescue teams, and has already been involved in 46 rescues this year.

The service is provided by unpaid volunteers, but they need money to pay for equipment, including the vehicles they use.

Team members have created a naked calendar in a bid to generate funds, and interest in their work.

The calendars are being sold in GO Outdoors and Booths in Penrith, and Eden Rock in Carlisle.

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Mountain rescue teams issue safety warning

Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

As summer draws to a close mountain rescue teams in the Lake District are warning people to be aware of the added dangers of walking in the hills in the autumn and winter.

Each year people are caught out as the amount of daylight reduces and the weather worsens:

We always try and get the message out - remember your torch, remember it gets dark an hour earlier, so that will happen again, but also you know with Freshers' Week we'll have a lot of students coming up, enjoying the outdoors which is great.

– Richard Warren, Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association

Fell warning for dog walkers

Dog walkers are being urged not to push their pets too hard. Credit: PA

Dog owners are being warned about the dangers of taking their pets for walks on the fells in Cumbria in hot weather.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team say they were called to an incident last weekend in which two dogs died because of hot conditions in the Lake District.

They are urging people to consider how capable their pets are, and not to take them too far in warm conditions.

This was not a case of deliberate cruelty but certainly a serious error of judgement on the part of the family involved who were obviously distressed themselves by the outcome. I have two Border Collies, born and bred in this valley and I won't take them high or far in this weather because I know their limitations, but a loyal dog will follow its owner anywhere. Having a dog is not matter of ownership it's a relationship and people should be aware of what their pets are or are not capable of.

– Tim Brooks, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team
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