Last weekend, four members of local Mountain Rescue team, NEWSAR, helped an exhausted middle aged man on Yorkshire’s highest peak, Whernside; some 100 miles away from their base in Mold.
Whernside, just North of Ingleton, is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks; a challenge undertaken by 1000s every year. Last Saturday, the 8th June, four North East Wales Search and Rescue team members were supporting a charity event which was, in part, raising money for the team.
All the people in the NEWSAR managed group completed the walk successfully despite the hot conditions. Unfortunately one person from another group was not so lucky and was overcome by suspected heatstroke/dehydration near the summit of the second peak, Whernside. The NEWSAR volunteer team members were in the area and immediately offered their assistance.
Heatstroke is a potentially life threatening condition and it was clear the casualty needed quick evacuation. Whilst one of the NEWSAR members continued to look after their own group, the other three provided casualty care and worked with local Mountain Rescue, The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) team that had already been contacted. NEWSAR members were carrying team issued radios that easily allowed communication with CRO. Based on the information NEWSAR provided about the casualty’s condition it was agreed that a rapid evacuation was needed. Several CRO team members climbed quickly to the scene arriving around 30 minutes later and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance arrived shortly afterwards, landing very close to the casualty site.