Oct 16 2017

Injured woman near Llangollen

The team was called on Sunday evening to assist the Welsh Ambulance Service to extract a woman who was injured near to the River Dee close to Llangollen.  The team responded quickly, but whilst team members and vehicles where on the way we were informed that crews from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service had also responded and had extracted the casualty to a waiting ambulance.

Oct 13 2017

Sheep rescue from a cliff near Llangollen

We had a report yesterday of a sheep that had been trapped on a ledge for “maybe a week”. Whilst our primary role is to save humans, we will occasionally carry out animal rescues as they provide some useful training for our more usual work. Also we’re nice folk who like to help our four legged friends when we can!
Our approach to rescuing sheep is to abseil down so we have two people level with the sheep on both sides, trying to approach slowly so the animal is not scared and jumps. Once close enough it’s a matter of moving quickly and GRAB ON TIGHT!

In this case we also then put a harness on it, before it went into a big blue builders type bag for the lower to the ground. After a quick check over by one of our paramedics we let it go and it went off to munch some grass nearby.
Before tackling this we consulted with the RSPCA who said they were happy with our approach. We appreciated their support and offer to come out if the sheep was injured.

Oct 11 2017

Quarry rescue in Dyserth

Our run of almost daily jobs continues. Called this evening by North Wales Police following a report of 3 males stuck on a disused quarry face near Dyserth.
Due to the heavily fractured rock above their location, the safest way to extract them was to be winched from the site. One team member was able to reach them and secure the group until the helicopter arrived. They were then winched out, together with our team member.
Great flying as always by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter from Caernarfon.
The three stuck males were met by NWP Officers as they were dropped off by the helicopter.
QUARRIES, WHETHER DISUSED OR IN USE, ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. The rock is heavily fractured from the blasting and can fall at any time. Our advice is not to enter quarries that are fenced off and clearly signed as private land.
NEWSAR had recently completed pre-planning work with the quarry owner which was very useful in responding to this incident.
This advice does not of course apply to recognised climbing quarries in our area.

Oct 11 2017

Missing person in Rhyl

On Tuesday night one of our search managers assisted North Wales Police with the search for a missing person in Rhyl. A dog team from the Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA Wales) was deployed and worked with teams from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The missing person was located safe and well in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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