February 13 2019
The RAF Leeming MRT troops spent yesterday with Cleveland MRT, Scarborough & Ryedale MRT and Swaledale MRT to undertake helicopter winch training. This wouldn’t have been possible without the attendance of Coastguard 912, many thanks to Maritime and Coastguard Agency for their continued support to the troops.
February 8 2019
On Wednesday 6th Feb, the RAF Lossiemouth MRT troops responded to assist Assynt Mountain Rescue Team and Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team in the search and subsequent recovery of 2 persons on Ben Hope. A physically demanding and technical rescue in difficult conditions for all involved.
In addition to this, the RAF Leeming MRT troops have also been involved in an ongoing search with multiple agencies for a missing person on the Isle of Arran. Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of both incidents. Whensoever
Yesterday afternoon the RAF Valley MRT troops responded to assist the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team with a callout on Yr Wyddfa. A party of 3, whilst on Right-Hand Trinity on Clogwyn y Garnedd, were caught in an avalanche with a member of the party sustaining a lower leg injury. Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team were quick to respond with team members heading to the casualty location where once there they treated the casualty for his injuries and awaited the arrival of the RAF Valley MRT troops who were bringing up the stretchers, cas-wrap system etc. From there, the casualty was packaged and the lowering process began for what was going to be an awkward carry-off. With a break in the weather, Maritime and Coastguard Agency were requested and Rescue 936 were able to position themselves for a successful winch and a quicker evac for the casualty than what was originally anticipated.
Watch the dramatic moment Caernarfon Coastguard helicopter swoops in to rescue a climber with a fractured leg who was caught in an avalanche on Snowdon.
Just after 4.30pm yesterday (29 January) North Wales Police requested HM Coastguard assistance with the rescue after receiving reports that a group of three climbers had been caught in the avalanche resulting in one of them falling 75ft and sustaining a suspected broken ankle.
With the assistance of RAF Mountain Rescue Valley and Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, the Caernarfon Coastguard helicopter was able to safely recover the injured climber off the mountain.
Speaking after the rescue, HM Coastguard Winch Operator Rich Taylor said: “In support of the Llanberis and RAF Mountain Rescue Teams we recovered a casualty from the Pyg Track in the Snowdon bowl. On arrival the Mountain Rescue Teams had assessed and immobilised the casualty and packaged him in a stretcher which they then carried to a suitable winching area. However, due to snow showers and fading light, we had to hold off for a short while until a break in the weather. We managed to recover the casualty in testing conditions due to recirculating snow, resulting in a high winch. We want to extend our thanks to the Mountain Rescue Teams who did an incredible job in very poor weather conditions.”
Once on board the helicopter, the casualty was taken to Bangor Hospital. The two remaining climbers were uninjured and were walked off the mountain by Mountain Rescue Teams.
After the incident, Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team offered this excellent safety advice…
Snowdon in winter is a very different proposition and you should always carry additional warm clothing together with crampons and ice axe which are essential items if the routes to the summit are covered in ice or snow. Batteries don’t like the cold so you should consider carrying spares and not rely too heavily on electronic mapping or phone as your only method of navigation. Low-tech is good so carry a compass and paper map and have the knowledge of how to use them. Please check the up-to-date mountain weather forecast and conditions. Current conditions reports can be found by following “Eryri Warden Report” on Twitter or checking the mountain weather forecasts provided by the Met Office and BBC Wales News
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January 28 2019
12 troops from across the RAF Mountain Rescue Service have just returned from Ex DEEP FREEZE 2019 in Norway. In order to meet the MRS’ winter training requirement for UK Search and Rescue operations, deploying to an arctic winter environment provides a sustained period of concentrated winter skills training. An ideal venue to deliver climbing training for aspiring Winter Climbing Leaders and Instructors, as well as developing rope rescue skills on single and multi-pitch ice climbs.
January 21 2019
Another busy weekend has passed for the RAF Mountain Rescue Service. On Thursday, the RAF Leeming MRT troops were put on standby to assist Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team in the search for a missing person. Thankfully the person was found safely in the early hours of Friday morning and the team returned to normal readiness, ready to deploy to Scotland for a Joint Exercise with the RAF Lossiemouth MRT troops. Up in the West Highlands, the troops made the most of the weather conditions for some fantastic training days on the hill.
The RAF Leeming MRT’s first deployment of the year saw the troops training in the Coniston area, with one of the days spent going through some technical rescue scenarios.