CALLOUT: Walkers lost on Moel Famau in blizzard

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.

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CALLOUT: Road Traffic Collision near Ruthin

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.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/01/callout-road-traffic-collision-near-ruthin/

Goodbye 2020!

Goodbye 2020…. don’t think we’ll miss you very much.
The team leader, Chris Griffiths, has just emailed the members to thank them for their amazing work this year. In the usual MR fashion we have rapidly adapted to new situations and working practices, finding ways to safely continue to operate and provide our important services. None of that could happen without literally 100’s of hours of effort in additional training and extra kit cleaning etc.
Thank you to everyone for the support you have given to us in this difficult year. We haven’t been out at our usual events, but we have had plenty of interaction through social media.
NEWSAR plays its part in assisting those in need, but we have worked shoulder to shoulder (socially distanced for most of the year!) with colleagues across the emergency services, so a big thank you to all of them. It’s always dangerous to list organisations as it’s easy to miss one off…. but here goes.
North Wales Police, National Police Air Service HQ, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service / Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub Gogledd Cymru, Wales Air Ambulance Charity, RNLI, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, North Wales Resilience Forum
…and of course the Betsi Cadwaladr health board, specifically Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd hospitals.
We’ve also worked with or trained with other North Wales Mountain Rescue Association teams as well.
So, thank you to all of them and a Happy New 2021 to all of you!
(note: some of these pics were taken before social distancing rules…. remember that!?)

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2020/12/goodbye-2020/

2021 Calendar from Run Free Runners

The wonderful people at Run Free Fell Runners have made a calendar for 2021 and sold it on behalf of NEWSAR. They have done a fantastic job of selling these, but still have a few left.
They are being sold for a minimum of £5, plus £1.50 P&P. A real bargain! Of course if you want to make it £20 then we just get a bigger donation!
For details on how to order see below.
https://www.facebook.com/RunFreeFellRunners/posts/692390864745950

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2020/12/2021-calendar-from-run-free-runners/

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