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Incidents 2021

38/21 – 27/7/21

Earlier this evening North Wales Police called the team to assist with the search for a missing young teenage boy near Llangollen. As initial plans were being made the good news came in that he had returned and we stood down.

37/21 – 25/7/21

A man took a tumble while out on a walk near Nannerch and injured himself. Team members attended with two Landrovers. After an examination by one of our Casualty Carers, the casualty and his walking partner were able to get into our vehicle and they were both driven down the hill and returned to their vehicle for onward travel to hospital.
A big thank you to Mr and Mrs Hughes of Bryn-ffynnon farm who helped by guiding us to the best driving route to the incident site and for giving us tea!

36/21 – 11/7/21

This afternoon we assisted North Wales Police with the evacuation a person who was in distress in a rural area near Caergwrle, Wrexham.

35/21 – 1/7/21

Shortly before 9AM we were called to assist at an incident at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
A multi agency operation then took place to rescue and evacuate a casualty from the river below.
We worked alongside North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue, Welsh Ambulance Service and Wales Air Ambulance who arrived by road due to bad weather.

34/21 – 29/6/21

Just before 2AM today the team was contacted regarding a missing person enquiry in the Wrexham area. As the initial information for our activity was being gathered, the good news was received that North Wales Police had located the missing person and we stood down.

33/21 – 29/6/21

Immediately after we were stood down from the Ruthin callout on Sunday, we were tasked to another mountain biker at Llandegla Forest. The first team members to arrive were able to provide assistance back to the car park and onward transport to hospital was arranged

32/21 – 29/6/21

On Sunday afternoon we were called to assist a mountain biker near Ruthin. He was believed to have serious injuries. A local team member was able to get to the incident quickly while another group of team members travelled from base where our rope rescue training was just completing.
The first team member to arrive happily found that the injured male had in fact managed to make it back to the road and was going to be treated by ambulance. We therefore stood down… just in time for the next callout (more later).

31/21 – 26/6/21

The team was called this afternoon to Llandegla Forest to evacuate an injured mountain biker. We used our mountain stretcher with wheel in support of two Welsh Ambulance Service crews.

30/21 – 22/6/21

In a somewhat unusual incident this evening, we were called to assist the Welsh Ambulance Service to evacuate an injured cyclist who was down an embankment next to the River Dee, on the cycleway that runs between Chester and Queensferry.
We worked alongside North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police. #morethanjustmountains

29/21 – 16/6/21

North Wales Police called the team just before 9am today to assist with a missing person enquiry in the Cefn Mawr area near Wrexham. Our colleagues at SARDA Wales also attended. Shortly after our first team members arrived the good news came in that the missing person was found safe and well.

28/21 – 9/6/21

At 8:20pm on Tuesday we were called to assist at a multi agency incident in Denbigh. A casualty needed moving from a difficult to access location so they could be taken to hospital by helicopter. The pictures show the final part of the journey to the waiting Coastguard helicopter.
Get well soon.

27/21 – 8/6/21

Assisted North Wales Police to find a man missing in the Abergele area. Working as part of a large multi agency team, but specifically with SARDA Wales. The man was located safe and well on Tuesday evening.

26/21 – 5/6/21

At 11am today we were called by Welsh Ambulance Service to assist with a patient with a lower leg injury near Brynteg, Wrexham. One of our own team members was there in his “day job” as a paramedic, which meant we had grid references for the casualty location and the meeting point, plus an evacuation route, all worked out before the rest of us got there!

Team members packaged the casualty on our wheeled stretcher which then made the walk out to the road straightforward.

It’s not exactly “mountains” but you never know where our skills and equipment might prove useful for easier evacuations. #muchmorethanmountains

Get well soon.

25/21 – 4/4/21

The team was called by Dyfed Powys Police following reports of a person injured on a walk in uplands near Llangynog. The team set off to assist and we then used some phone technology to get an exact location. It soon became clear that the stretcher carry would be very long and it was in the casualties best interest to be evacuated more swiftly. We therefore requested assistance from HM Coastguard and the aircraft from Caernarfon picked up the casualty and took them to hospital.

24/21 – 3/4/21

Earlier this evening Welsh Ambulance Service requested our assistance to evacuate a man from a footpath above Garth, Nr. Llangollen. He had sustained a lower leg injury and couldn’t move without assistance. The ambulance crew were already there and just needed our help to move him. Team members put him into our Casualty Bag and then onto our stretcher, before carrying him down to the waiting ambulance.

23/21 – 31/3/21

This afternoon a group was out exploring Wepre Park and Ewloe castle when a lady suffered a knee injury while right in the middle of the castle grounds.

Team members provided pain relief and splinting before the casualty was put on our stretcher and brought out down two flights of stairs, then around to a track behind the castle where she was handed over to a Welsh Ambulance Service  crew for further treatment.

22/21 – 26/3/21

The team was called this afternoon by North Wales Police regarding a missing person enquiry in the Wrexham area. We alerted our colleagues at SARDA Wales and were just about to deploy when the good news came in that the missing person had been found.

21/21 – 23/3/21

North Wales Police requested our assistance with a water related incident today. The team was stood down when another agency attended and completed the task.

20/21 – 16/3/21

On Tuesday afternoon North Wales Police requested our assistance following multiple reports of a body of a dog in the river just downstream of the Sarn footbridge between Hope and Caergwrle.

We shared the same concern as NWP that eventually a member of the public would go into the fast flowing water to recover the body and this meant there was a future risk to life. As such we agreed it was appropriate for us to deploy our swift water rescue team members.

We arrived on scene and set up for recovery with two members in the river and down stream support.
However, when the two members got right up to the “body” it was found to be a very convincing plastic bag, complete with a tail wagging in the flow! See the picture below. We recovered the bag to stop the calls to NWP and to prevent someone else going in to find the same thing.

So a bit of practice for the SRT group and no harm done. We did all laugh…. best bit is no dead dog and no sad owner and we got some plastic out of the water course!

We’re not sure how to categorise the “victim” in the incident report. 🙂

19/21 – 13/3/21

The team was put on standby this afternoon to assist North Wales Police with a missing person enquiry. In the end we did not need to deploy and the missing person was located by Police Officers.

18/21 – 10/3/21

Earlier this evening @NWPolice requested our assistance with a missing person enquiry in the Deeside area. We had just called out colleagues at @sardawales to help, when the good news came in that the missing person had been found safe and well by Police Officers.

17/21 – 28/2/21

Earlier this evening the team was called by North Wales Police to assist with a missing person enquiry in a rural area north west of Corwen. Fortunately the missing person was located safe and well as our First Responder was starting to plan our actions. We would have been calling SARDA Wales in the next few minutes to help too.

16/21 – 20/2/21

Earlier this evening North Wales Police requested our assistance with a search for a missing older person in the Rhuddlan area. As the team was mobilising the good news came in that they had been located safe and well and the team stood down.

15/21 – 25/1/21

Two young persons were reported stuck at the bottom of a steep slope next to a river near Minera.  They had been sledging and were unable to get back out without assistance.  Members of the public were able to retrieve them as we were about to deploy to assist.

14/21 – 23-25/1/21

North Wales Police requested our assistance to search for a missing man in the Wrexham area. Team members carried out extensive searches for two days in several areas, which included extremely slow and arduous work in dense woodlands.
On the first day we were assisted with search team members from Môn-SAR, Cheshire Search and Rescue and Merseyside Search and Rescue.
Despite all this work the missing man was not found and we stood down pending further police enquiries.
Update: 28/2/21 – We are pleased to say that the man has now been found safe and well.

10-13/21 – 21/1/21

Thursday was another day of water rescue activity working with North Wales Police and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

First task was to evacuate a lady from a remote property near the River Dee, east of Wrexham Industrial Estate. It involved a team paddling our rescue raft for over half a mile to the house, across the massive area flooded by the river. Then the casualty was carefully collected and brought back to safety. Thanks again to a local man who provided tea!

Following this we were tasked to wait at a multi agency holding area in Holt. We carried out some door to door reassurance activity with NWP and NWFRS. Fortunately after several hours water levels slowly began to fall and we were stood down.

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6-9/21 – 20/1/21

North Wales Police called us to assist North Wales Fire and Rescue Service with a number of incidents this evening.

These included:

  • Rescuing residents of flooded properties in New Broughton, Wrexham by use of our inflatable rescue sled.
  • Going door to door with Fire Fighters checking on other residents affected by flooding.
  • A rescue of a motorist from the roof of his car near Wrexham Industrial Estate Standing by to assist in other nearby areas.

A massive thank you to a couple of householders in New Broughton who provided hot drinks and biscuits for team members!

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5/21 – 20/1/21

North Wales Police asked us to attend a vehicle in flood water near Corwen with a person reported stuck inside.  We were stood down on the way as the person was extracted before we got there.
The area is significantly affected by surface water and river flooding and water levels are rising.

4/21 – 15/1/21

On Friday afternoon North Wales Police requested our help with an incident on Meliden mountain. A lady had sustained a suspected broken ankle while out on a local walk from home.
Team members met with Police Officers and a Welsh Ambulance Service crew at the scene. The casualty was carried on our wheeled stretcher to the waiting ambulance.
Get well soon! 


3/21 – 10/1/21

On Saturday and Sunday we supported West Mercia Search & Rescue on a missing person search just into England at Chirk. As has now been publicly reported the body of a man was located late on Sunday morning. A sad end to the search.

Our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

We worked alongside teams from Cheshire Search and Rescue, Merseyside Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales) and dogs from Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team, as well as West Mercia Police.

2/21 – 8/1/21

This afternoon two local people went for a walk from home. They became disorientated in an area north west of Moel Famau when the weather worsened with falling snow and very limited visibility.

They did the right thing and called North Wales Police so they could get assistance before the situation became very serious.
By using some phone tech we were able to identify their location and then provide guidance on how to find a way off the hill.
We had a local team member out for his own walk and he detoured to intercept them, along with sending two vehicles with team members as well.
Once found, they were escorted down to the safety of the vehicles and then returned home.
Moel Famau is of course a relatively simple hill to walk on in summer conditions, but the current weather makes identifying the correct route very difficult and the deep snow can be very tiring.

1/21 – 7/1/21

We’ve worked alongside NWP Rural Crime Team this evening.
Our role was initially to assist with a potentially serious road traffic collision, with a vehicle some way off the highway. There was a need for rapid response and our NWP friends turned out with the best vehicles they had immediately available.
Fortunately they found that the motorist wasn’t seriously injured and we then stood down.
Just at this point the weather took a sudden turn for the worse and the NWP Officers found themselves at the top of a very big hill with snow over ice, so they then asked us to help get down safely.
Two of our vehicles then deployed with two team members. They carefully helped to clear the worst of the snow and ice using grit and shovels, so the police vehicles could be safely recovered. The NWP Officers have then dealt with the motorist who has been left in a safe place to make their own way home.

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