Shortly before 10pm on Tuesday night we were called by North Wales Police to assist two persons who were “geographically challenged” on Moel Famau after the onset of darkness and getting disorientated in the cloud and rain.
We used some phone technology to locate their position and then were able to provide directions to where we could collect them with a team vehicle. They were found unhurt and returned to their vehicle.
We know lots of you will think “you can’t get lost on Moel Famau”, but we know otherwise! When the cloud and mist rolls in and it starts to go dark everything starts to look the same and it is easy to get mislaid.
We were called on Saturday night by North Wales Police to assist with the search for a person missing in a rural location near Abergele. Shortly after we started to deploy the good news came in that Police officers had located the missing person in Abergele and we stood down. We were also assisted by handlers and dogs from SARDA Wales.
33/19 – 9/8/19
North Wales Police called the team in the early hours of this morning after a couple got into difficulty walking near Llangollen. The incident site was not completely clear so, in cooperation with the casualty group, we used some phone technology to get a precise location. We were then able to direct Police Officers to the site while we started team members moving to assist. Shortly afterwards the group was located by Police Officers and assisted to safety and we stood down.
32/19 – 2/8/19
Last night a male took a fall in a disused quarry near Halkyn. He was attended to by Welsh Ambulance Services paramedics. NEWSAR team members then extracted him by stretcher to the road for onward transport to hospital.
Get well soon.
These old quarries can be dangerous places to venture into. See the safety messages from the Stay Safe Stay Out of Quarries group.
31/19 – 2/8/19
We were called this afternoon by North Wales Police regarding a man missing in the Wrexham area. We also alerted Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales). The man was found by police officers during our initial response planning.
30/19 – 31/7/19
The team was out training last night when a call came in from North Wales Police to assist with the search for a man missing from the Wrexham area.
While our initial actions were underway he was found by Police Officers and we stood down.
38/19 – 25/7/19
We were tasked on Thursday afternoon to assist a local lady near the summit of Moel Famau. She had suffered a serious lower leg injury
The initial call came from a passing member of the public who also stayed with the casualty to help until after we arrived. Thank you to them and the rest of their group for their help.
The team carried out initial treatment, including splinting the leg and providing pain relief. She was driven directly to hospital in Wrexham.
We also transported her two children down to be handed over to a family member who came along to pick them up.
Get well soon.
37/19 – 24/7/19
The team worked with North Wales Police and Search and SARDA Wales on Wednesday morning looking for three young children missing in Rhos on Sea.
Several other agencies were involved such as the Coastguard and the National Police Air Service.
We are pleased to say that the children were located safe and well.
36/19 – 20/7/19
Following reports of a potential distress whistle in the Corwen area, heard several times over several hours, we started to deploy a small team to investigate. As we started to deploy the informant called up to say they had identified the source of the whistle and it was not distress related, but instead related to a valid land management process. False call with good intent.
35/19 – 4/7/19
Our second call today was to assist Welsh Ambulance Service with a person with a medical issue near Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Due to the difficult location we were requested to provide facilities to stretcher the casualty out. We also requested the assistance of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter from Caernarfon.
After a carry to a suitable landing site the casualty was loaded into the helicopter and taken to hospital. Get well soon.
34/19 – 4/7/19
The team was called this morning with regard to a search for a missing elderly gentleman in the Mynydd Isa area. As we were starting to deploy the good news came in that he had been found a considerable distance away and identified as needing assistance by a member of the public, who then called the Police.
33/19 – 25/6/19
A family with a young child and their dog had become disoriented on Moel Famau and needed assistance to get to a place of safety. They were guided to walk to where team members could meet them and then they were checked over, before being transported back to their vehicle.
32/19 – 25/6/19
This afternoon we had our third call in 24 hours from North Wales Police for a missing person enquiry in Wrexham, alongside SARDA Wales. The team was on standby to deploy, when the missing person was found by Police Officers.
31/19 – 25/6/19
In the early hours of Tuesday morning we received the second of our overnight calls from North Wales Police, this time regarding a person missing in the Deeside area. Plans were put in place for daylight searches today, but we were stood down when the missing person was located safe and well, before we deployed.
30/19 – 24/6/19
Late on Monday evening North Wales Police contacted our First Responder with regard to a missing person enquiry. We provided some technical assistance, but did not need to deploy. The missing person was located safe and well this morning.
29/19 – 23/6/19
The team was called on Sunday evening by North Wales Police after two people took a bit of a wrong turning on Moel Famau and ended up descending the wrong side of the hill. As the weather closed in they made a great decision to ask for assistance rather than reascend into the heavy rain and low cloud. After identifying their location it was straightforward to direct them to a place of safety where they could be collected. After a quick check over from one of our Casualty Carers they were returned to their vehicle so they could make their way home.
28/19 – 12/6/19
On Wednesday evening North Wales Police requested our assistance in the search for a teenager missing in a rural area south of Abergele. The team sent four vehicles and over 20 members were on the way. The area contained some significant rivers/streams that were in flood so we were prepared to deploy our Swift Water Rescue team members to search river banks. Fortunately as the first team members arrived at the site the teenager was located safe and well by Police Officers and we stood down.
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27/19 – 11/6/19
Early on Thursday morning NEWSAR was asked to prepare to assist North Wales Police with their activities dealing with the recent significant rainfall and associated potential flooding.
The team has remained at heightened readiness for the last 36 hours and is still available to assist if needed.
At our request all the other North Wales Mountain Rescue Association teams invoked well rehearsed plans to come over to assist in NE Wales should the need arise.
Fortunately our assistance was not needed with large scale property flooding, although our thoughts are with those people who have experienced damage to their homes.
File pictures from water rescue practice.
26/19 – 31/5/19
On Saturday North Wales Police called the team regarding two walkers in difficulty in Llandegla Forest. Two team vehicles deployed. After an examination by one of our Casualty Care trained team members one was subsequently taken to hospital. Get well soon.
Thanks to Oneplanet Adventure staff who also assisted making our extraction much easier.
25/19 – 31/5/19
On Friday the team was called out by Dyfed Powys Police regarding a missing person enquiry in mid Wales. As the team was mobilising, along with other MR teams in adjoining areas, the missing person was located by Police Officers.
24/19 – 30/5/19
On Thursday the team was called out by North Wales Police to assist with a missing person enquiry near Mold. Our First Responder provided input to the search, but the team did not need to be deployed. Found by NWP Officers.
23/19 – 26/5/19
While the team was still dealing with the injured mountain biker we were also requested to assist North Wales Police with a person missing from the Bodelwyddan area. Fortunately as our Search Manager was starting to plan our actions the missing person was located by NWP officers and we stood down.
22/19 – 26/5/19
On Sunday North Wales Police called the team about an injured mountain biker near Corwen. Team members and vehicles responded to the location. Our casualty carers provided treatment, then evacuated the casualty by stretcher to be handed over to a Welsh Ambulance Service crew.
21/19 – 24/5/19
On Friday North Wales Police requested assistance with a missing person enquiry near Penyffordd. The team carried out extensive searches over two days alongside SARDA Wales dog teams. Further information has pointed to the missing person being out of our search areas and so the team stood down pending enquiries by NWP.
20/19 – 23/5/19
On Thursday we were requested by Welsh Ambulance Service to assist a person with an ankle injury near Abergele. Team members and vehicles headed to the location. The person was able to be assisted by one team member to their vehicle and a friend was able to take them to hospital.
19/19 – 14/5/19
On Tuesday North Wales Police contacted the team after a single vehicle incident at a car park in the Clwydian hills. After further investigation it was apparent that the occupants could be recovered safely to the road without our assistance and the team stood down.
18/19 – 6/5/19
On Monday evening our assistance was requested by North Wales Police to search for a man missing from the Ruthin area. NEWSAR Team members and dogs from SARDA Wales responded. Shortly after the first team members arrived the missing person was located by Police Officers and we stood down. Great result!
17/19 – 10/4/19
Mid afternoon today a man suffered a serious leg injury a short way north west of Moel Famau. The team responded to site and provided initial diagnosis and care. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter from Caernarfon came in and landed nearby, allowing for a short carry to the aircraft.
16/19 – 23/3/19
In the very early hours of Saturday morning North Wales Police requested our assistance to search for a person missing in St. Asaph. Shortly after we arrived at scene and before we had started ground searches, the missing person was located safe and well by North Wales Police.
15/19 – 21/3/19
Search on Thursday night for a missing young person in the Colwyn Bay area. Working alongside officers from North Wales Police and dog handlers from SARDA Wales.
Extensive searching by four dog teams alongside our own team members was concluded when the missing person was located and then evacuated to our vehicle. A great result.
14/19 – 16/3/19
North Wales Police with regard to a person missing in the Deeside area. After several hours searching alongside Police Officers, one of our teams located the missing person and then provided urgent first aid, before they they were evacuated to meet a Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust crew for onward transport to hospital.
13/19 – 6/3/19
In the early hours of Wednesday morning North Wales Police requested our assistance to locate a person missing in the Holywell area. After some initial investigations it was agreed that further Police enquiries were appropriate and the missing person was located a few hours later.
12/19 – 1/3/19
On Friday we were requested to assist with locating and rescuing a male who had been observed to take a fall down steep ground on Graig Fawr above Meliden, near Prestatyn. Due to their injuries they needed rapid evacuation for we requested assistance from the HM Coastguard helicopter at Caernarfon who winched the injured person aboard and took them to hospital.
11/19 – 22/2/19
Called early afternoon on Friday by North Wales Police to assist with search for a person missing in the Corwen area. With SARDA Wales. Located safe and well. Great result.
10/19 – 15/2/19
Called in the early hours of Friday morning by North Wales Police regarding a missing person enquiry. This was not in the NEWSAR operational area, so we directed the call to another team.
9/19 – 11/2/19
Assist North Wales Police with a missing person enquiry. Located as our First Responder was commencing planning.
8/19 – 11/2/19
Assist Dyfed Powys Police following an off road vehicle incident. Our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased man.
7/19 – 11/2/19
Assist North Wales Police with enquiries regarding a missing person, along with SARDA Wales. Located by other resources.
6/19 – 31/1/19
Late on Thursday afternoon we were requested to assist North Wales Police with the search for a person missing in the Clwydian Hills. Given the weather there was considerable concern for their welfare.
We spent many hours searching alongside Police Officers, including NWP Drone Unit, a SARDA Wales dog and handler, a Coastguard helicopter and a National Police Air Service helicopter.
The missing person was eventually located safe and well shortly before midnight. They were very cold, but otherwise OK. One of our team medics carried out an assessment, before the casualty was transported off the hill in a team Landrover.
Photos show some of the conditions out on the hills last night.
5/19 – 30/1/19
On Wednesday evening North Wales Police asked us to assist two people and their dog who had become lost in the dark in the forest areas east of Moel Famau. They had tried for some time to relocate themselves, but with temperatures falling fast they made the right decision to call for help.
By using some smart phone tools we were able to identify their location and instructions over the phone were provided on which way to head.
We also sent team vehicles to the lower car park on Moel Famau to display our Blue lights as a further guide.
The groups was then able to make it safely to the road where we confirmed they were OK to return to their car parked nearby.
4/19 – 30/1/19
On Wednesday lunchtime Dyfed Powys Police called the team following the report of a driver who was vulnerable as he couldn’t reach shelter after his vehicle had left the road in an isolated area south of the Berwyn Mountains. The team mobilised two landrovers and team members towards the very snowy location. Fortunately a local farmer was able to extract the vehicle and we were stood down whilst on the way.
3/19 – 27/1/19
On Sunday afternoon the team was called by North Wales Police to assist a man in his 70’s who had slipped near Foel Fenlli and sustained a lower leg injury. Fortunately we were able to drive our Landrovers very close to the location and he was treated then assisted into our vehicle, before being driven to the road and handed over to a Welsh Ambulance crew. Get well soon!
The casualty was greatly assisted by some fantastic help from his companions from a walking club. The group was well equipped and provided excellent information about the incident and used their emergency equipment to good effect to keep the casualty as warm as possible in the cold wind, before we arrived.
2/19 – 27/1/19
Request to assist with a missing person enquiry. After discussion with North Wales Police it was agreed that our resources were not suitable to be deployed.
1/19 – 1/1/19
We were called at lunch time on New Year’s Day by Dyfed Powys Police to assist with the rescue of a woman with a suspected broken ankle on Rodney’s Pillar, just NE of Welshpool. As we arrived we got the good news that a local gamekeeper had provided 4×4 access to near the summit for the Welsh Ambulance Service crew who also attended. They were able to extract the casualty using the gamekeepers vehicle and we stood down.