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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.

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.

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Man's life saved by AED used for the first time by Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue

The Casualty being loaded into one of TVMRTs Land Rover Ambulances Credit: The Casualty being loaded into one of TVMRTs Land Rover Ambulances

An AED was used for the first time (Saturday 28th May) by the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, to help save the life of a man who was taking part in a Mountain Bike Event after he suffered a heart attack.

He was attended to by an event marshal, members of Tweed Valley Bike Patrol and other competitors who happened to be medically trained after becoming seriously unwell.

Basic Life Support and CPR was given, but within 4 minutes, an AED was used from one of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Land Rover ambulances.

TVMRT were helped by the British Heart Foundation - Scotland in November 2012, to get 2 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for their Land Rover Ambulances.

The man was then taken by air to the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh where he is said to be doing well.

“Todays incident shows that a combination of basic life support training and having early access to an AED makes a real difference in the short time period after a casualty suffers a Cardiac Arrest.”

– Dr Alex McDonald, TVMRT Medical Officer
The Casualty being loaded into the Helimed Air Ambulance Credit: TVMRT

What is an AED?

An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a life-saving machine that can give the heart a controlled electrical shock during a cardiac arrest.

For every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by about 10 per cent.

Research shows that giving a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival.

Mountain biking to give Tweed Valley tourism a push

Credit: JONATHAN HAYWARD

A new group aimed at boosting tourism in the Tweed Valley on the back of the mountain biking industry has been formed.

The Tweed Valley Mountain Biking Stakeholder Group - made up of representatives from a wide range of organisations including Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Enterprise and Forestry Commission Scotland - held its first meeting last week.

By developing the opportunities associated with mountain biking in the area the group, which will meet regularly over the coming months, hopes to encourage more tourists to visit the Tweed Valley and enhance the local economy.

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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Fundraiser for new mountain rescue vehicle

The Tweed Valley Control vehicle needs to be replaced Credit: Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team

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.

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