UK: Most hillgoers unprepared for emergencies, Ordnance Survey study reveals – Published 30 Jun 2017 1400z (GMT/UTC)

 Most hillgoers unprepared for emergencies, Ordnance Survey study reveals

“A study by Britain’s national mapping agency has revealed many hillgoers are clueless about what to do if things went wrong.

Ordnance Survey said one in eight of people asked would not know how to deal with a mountain emergency if they had no phone signal.

And three-quarters of recreational walkers don’t plan their route properly or pack the right gear, the survey found.

The figures were released as OS announced it was teaming up with Mountain Rescue England and Wales, the umbrella body for voluntary teams south of the border, to try to reduce outdoor incidents.

There were only 14 days last year where a mountain rescue team in England and Wales wasn’t called out.

In 2016 MREW attended 1,812 callouts, up 170 on the previous year, of which 360 were serious or fatal. Mountain bike incidents also continued to rise in 2016, though not at the same rate as previous years.

OS’s survey of more than 2,000 adults from across Great Britain who enjoy recreational walking and hiking highlighted the need for a more safety-minded approach when venturing outdoors.

A total of 83 per cent of those questioned admitted that if they were in trouble on a mountain and had no phone signal they wouldn’t know what to do. It also revealed how more and more walkers and hikers, especially those from younger generations, are not carrying paper maps, compasses or whistles, and are relying entirely on the functionality of their mobile phones, even though only 28 per cent of all respondents would think to check in advance the availability of a mobile phone signal in the place to where they are heading…..” – Bob Smith, Editor of grough magazine
Thursday 29 June 2017 06:39 PM GMT Click for full story

Calling the emergency services from a mobile phone (Advice from Dartmoor Rescue)

The short video gives important information about dialing the emergency services from a mobile phone in the event of an accident. It answers important questions such as:

  • what�s the difference between 999 and 112?
  • How can you call when your mobile phone is showing no signal?
  • Or if somebody in your party is unconscious and their�s is the only mobile, �how can you bypass the phone security to make that important call and potentially save their life?

All this and more is explained simply and clearly.

So be prepared and watch the video as it could save the life or a family member of friend.

�Help Me� The Secrets of using 112 on a mobile phone in an emergency/accident

You need to register your mobile phone before being able to alert the emergency services, including mountain and cave rescue, via SMS text message. �This is best done�before�you need help. You can register by sending an SMS text message from your mobile phone as follows:

(Goaty: Suggest better to register with 112 rather than 999 � why? see video, but why not both)

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More information can be found at the following website:�

“Help Me” The Secrets of using a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) in an emergency/accident Mountain/Moorland Advice from Mountain Rescue England & Wales:

Mountains and moorlands can be treacherous places without proper care and there are many, many ways to enjoy the mountain environment, be it walking, climbing, running, cycling or skiing. There�s no subsititute for experience, but there are steps you can take to minimise the chances of getting lost or hurt.

Prepare and plan

  • Develop the mountain skills you need to judge potential hazard, including the ability to read a map.
  • Think about the equipment, experience, capabilities and enthusiasm of your party members, taking into account the time of year, the terrain and the nature of the trip � and choose your routes accordingly.
  • Learn the basic principles of first aid � airway, breathing, circulation and the recovery position. It could make the difference between life and death.

Wear suitable clothing and footwear

  • Wear suitable footwear with a treaded sole, and which provides support for ankles.
  • Clothing should be colourful, warm, windproof and waterproof and always carry spare, including hat and gloves (even in summer the tops and open moorland can still be bitingly cold, and it�s always colder the higher you climb).

Carry food and drink�

  • Take ample food and drink for each member of the party. High energy food such as chocolate and dried fruit are ideal for a quick hit.
  • In cold, wet weather a warm drink is advisable, and always carry water � even in cool weather it�s easy to become dehydrated.
  • Of course, large quantities of water can weight heavy in the rucksack, so take a smaller water bottle and top up when you can � streams on hills are drinkable if fast-running over stony beds.

�and the right equipment

  • A map and compass are essential kit and should be easily accessible � not buried in the rucksack!
  • A mobile phone and GPS are useful tools but don�t rely on your mobile to get you out of trouble � in may areas of the mountains there is no signal coverage.
  • Take a whistle and learn the signal for rescue. Six good long blasts. Stop for one minute. Repeat. Carry on the whistle blasts until someone reaches you and don�t stop because you�ve heard a reply � rescuers may be using your blasts as a direction finder.
  • A torch (plus spare batteries and bulbs) is a must. Use it for signalling in the same pattern as for whistle blasts.
  • At least one reliable watch in the party.
  • Cllimbers and mountain bikers should wear a helmet. In winter conditions, an ice-axe, crampons and survival bag are essential.
  • Emergency survival kit comprising spare clothing and a bivvi bag.
  • New OrdnanceSurvey free smartphone app OSLocate will help walkers in a fix

Before you set out

  • Charge your phone battery! Many accidents occur towards the end of the day when both you and your phone may be low on energy.
  • Check the weather forecast and local conditions. Mountains can be major undertakings and, in the winter months, night falls early.
  • Eat well before you start out.
  • Leave your route plan including start and finish points, estimated time of return and contact details with an appropriate party.

On the hill

  • Keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to turn back if conditions turn against you, even if this upsets a long planned adventure.
  • Make sure party leaders are experienced. Keep together, allow the slowest member of the party to determine the pace, and take special care of the youngest and weakest in dangerous places.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia, particularly in bad weather � disorientation, shivering, tiredness, pale complexion and loss of circulation in hands or toes, discarding of vital clothing. Children and older people are especially susceptible.
  • If you prefer to go alone, be aware of the additional risk. Let people know your route before you start, stick to it as far as you can and notify them of any changes.
  • If you think you need mountain rescue, get a message to the Police (112/999) as soon as possible and keep injured/exhausted people safe and warm until help reaches you.

Dangers you can avoid

  • Precipices and unstable boulder.
  • Slopes of ice or steep snow, and snow cornices on ridges or gully tops.
  • Very steep grass slopes, especially if frozen or wet.
  • Gullies, gorges and stream beds, and streams in spate.
  • Exceeding your experience and abilities and loss of concentration.

Dangers you need to monitor

  • Weather changes � mist gale, rain and snow may be sudden and more extreme than forecast.
  • Ice on path (know how to use an ice-axe and crampons).
  • Excessive cold or heat (dress appropriately and carry spare clothing!).
  • Exhaustion (know the signs, rest and keep warm).
  • Passage of time � especially true when under pressure � allow extra time in winter or night time conditions.

Check out the Safe in the Hills website � pioneered by the Kirkby Stephen MRT, for more information about how you can keep safe whilst walking in the hills.

How to take care of your feet when hiking�. The key recommendations are:

  • Choose the right hiking boots
  • Trim your toenails
  • Soften any tough skin (which are subject to hard to treat deep blisters)
  • Rest feet when walking

�Avoiding and treating foot blisters for hikers�, as well as giving some useful advice on how to treat blisters, highlights the importance of changing your (decent walking) socks when they get wet

  1. Make sure you have a decent pair of boots
  2. Take plenty of decent hiking socks
  3. Change your socks when they get damp (if you do this as early as possible you have a fighting chance to dry them in your sleeping bag)
  4. Regularly let your feet rest and breath
  5. Regularly apply talc to your feet
  6. If it is raining or very damp, wear gaiters to stop water getting into your boots

Do this and your feet, the most important hiking equipment you have, will thank you!

(Stolen from

Do not use any information on this site for life or death decisions. All information is intended as supplementary to official sources. Kindly refer to your country’s official weather agency/government website for local warnings, advisories and bulletins.

UK: RAF Search & Rescue Role Ends After 74 Years – Published 04 Oct 2015 1925z (GMT/UTC)

RAF Search & Rescue Role Ends After 74 Years

PROUD RECORD: 34,025 Call-outs completed and 26,853 lives saved

The RAF's final operational search and rescue sortie comes to an end at RMB Chivenor at 12.07 on 4 October 2015. (Image: RAF)

The RAF’s final operational search and rescue sortie comes to an end at RMB Chivenor at 12.07 on 4 October 2015. (Image: RAF)

More than 74 years of continuous life-saving operations by the Royal Air Force in the UK came to an end at 1.00pm today, when the Chivenor duty search and rescue crew was formally relieved from its standby commitment by the United Kingdom Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre. The finale for RAF Search and Rescue in the UK was ‘business as usual’ with a final search and rescue operation taking place in the early hours of this morning.

The crew of the RAF's final operational UK search and rescue sortie: (left to right) Wing Commander 'Sparky' Dunlop (captain and Officer Commanding 22 Squadron), Sergeant Dan Allanson, Sergeant Russ Jenkins and Flight Lieutenant 'PJ' Howard. (Image: RAF)

The crew of the RAF’s final operational UK search and rescue sortie: (left to right) Wing Commander ‘Sparky’ Dunlop (captain and Officer Commanding 22 Squadron), Sergeant Dan Allanson, Sergeant Russ Jenkins and Flight Lieutenant ‘PJ’ Howard. (Image: RAF)

Chivenor is the last of the RAF’s 6 search and rescue bases to hand over responsibility for helicopter search and rescue provision to Bristow Helicopters Ltd.

Official search and rescue statistics show that since 1983 the RAF’s 6 units completed 34,025 callouts and rescued 26,853 persons in distress.

The final RAF crew to hold operational search and rescue standby commitment in the UK: (left to right) Sergeant Doug Bowden, Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, Flight Lieutenant Christian 'Taff' Wilkins and Flight Sergeant Chris Scurr.(Image: RAF)

The final RAF crew to hold operational search and rescue standby commitment in the UK: (left to right) Sergeant Doug Bowden, Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, Flight Lieutenant Christian ‘Taff’ Wilkins and Flight Sergeant Chris Scurr.(Image: RAF)

Other Reports


Chivenor hands over air rescue services to private firm

AgustaWestland AW189 in Coastguard livery operated by Bristow

AgustaWestland AW189 in Coastguard livery operated by Bristow

An RAF air rescue team based at Chivenor in north Devon has handed over its role to a private firm.

Bristow took over from the military at RMB Chivenor at 13:00 BST and will fly out of St Athan in south Wales.

The handover was delayed by four days because Bristow said it needed extra time.

Aberdeen-based Bristow won a 10-year contract to take over the service, which is being privatised around the UK.

The £1.6bn search and rescue deal with Bristow ends 70 years of search and rescue from the RAF and Royal Navy.


Well done RAF! – Goaty 🙂


UK Search & Rescue helicopters to be cut by nearly 50% – 300313 1650z

UK Government plan to close 50% of UK Coastguard Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres – Updated 07 Feb 2013 0001Z:

Privatising Search and Rescue:

Could this be the coalition government’s biggest cock-up yet?:

Support flaring for Clyde Coastguard, Scotland – Published 03 Sept 2012 1440Z:

France: The work of the PGHM Mont Blanc French Mountain Rescue (Videos in French) Le travail du sauvetage en montagne PGHM Mont Blanc français (VidĂ©os en français) – 220114 1643

Found on Goaty’s News incoming Facebook feed today….

Alpine Exposures- Jon Griffith Photography:

“An incredibly interesting insight in to the workings of the PGHM with fantastic footage from real rescues. It gives you a real appreciation for the work that this team does. Part 2 is a bit more of a shock as it deals with the Mont Maudit Avalanche and features alot of footage of dead climbers.

Part 1 takes you through the winter months (no deaths) and how the team works etc. Part 2 gives a far deeper and emotional feel to the work that they do and the morbid and often very dangerous situations they find themselves in. Part 2 might be a bit tough for some but I really recommend watching Part 1.

Thanks as always to the PGHM…legends of the valley.”

The videos are in French.

Trouvé sur Nouvelles de Goaty entrant Facebook alimentation aujourd’hui ….
Alpine expositionsJon Griffith Photographie:

Un aperçu incroyablement intéressant pour le fonctionnement de l’PGHM avec des images fantastiques de véritables sauvetages. Cela vous donne une véritable reconnaissance pour le travail que cette équipe fait. Partie 2 est un peu plus d’un choc, car il traite avec le Mont Maudit Avalanche et offre beaucoup de vidéos de grimpeurs morts.

Partie 1 vous emmène à travers les mois d’hiver (aucun décès) et la façon dont l’équipe travaille etc Partie 2 donne une sensation beaucoup plus profond et émotionnel pour le travail qu’ils font et les situations morbides et souvent très dangereuses ils se trouvent po Partie 2 puissance être un peu difficile pour certains, mais je recommande vraiment regarder la partie 1.

Merci comme toujours au PGHM légendes de la vallée.

Les vidéos sont en français.

PGHM:Mont Blanc,French mountain rescue,part 1

(Video credit: forgumpone)

PGHM:Mont Blanc,French mountain rescue,part 2

(Video credit: forgumpone)

The official facebook page of the Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne de Chamonix Mont-blanc here:

La page facebook officielle du Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne de Chamonix Mont-blanc ici:

The Order of St John and Mountain Rescue?


I bet few who use the Outdoors know about the wonderful work of the Order Of St John and its incredible assistance to Mountain Rescue in Scotland? Hope fully after reading this you may have an idea of what work they have done.

Order of st John Logo

This is the copy of a letter I wrote to the Order when I retired from Mountain Rescue. Firstly please accept my sincere apologies for not writing before to thank you for all your great work for the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland over the year for the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland over the years. I was the Chairman of the Mountain Rescue Committee in the early nineties when we were first approached by the Order of St John who wanted to assist Mountain Rescue in Scotland.

I was at that time in the RAF and serving at RAF Kinloss in Morayshire. I was the Team…

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Climber dies on Mount Cook

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Aoraki Mount Cook. File photo / Doug Sherring

Aoraki Mount Cook. File photo / Doug Sherring

An experienced overseas climber was not tethered to his partner when he plummeted 600m to his death on Aoraki Mt Cook this morning.

The pair had been skiing and traversing near the lower summit, at an elevation of about 3700m, when the man fell down the mountain’s main ridge.

Police said it was believed he may have fallen vertically some 600m.

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Critically injured woman rescued from glacier

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A Wellington man has helped carry a critically injured woman off a South Island glacier after she broke both her legs.

In an exhausting effort, the man and a male climbing colleague carried the injured Christchurch woman for about 45 minutes last night, through the snow and ice of the Arrowsmith Range, northwest of Mt Hutt, to reach a rescue helicopter.

An avalanche struck just 200 metres from the group as they were walking to the chopper, buffeted by winds of about 40-50 kmh.

Rescuers said the woman needed urgent medical attention and may have died if not for her personal locator beacon.

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UK: Two walkers flown to safety after Cairngorms rescue near Devil’s Point – 291013 1500z

Police Scotland can confirm that they were called to assist with a mountain rescue in the central Cairngorms on Monday, October 28, at around 6.45pm, after two male walkers reported they were lost in the Devils Point area, near Cairn Toul.


A full mountain rescue deployment was immediately launched, building to eight mountain rescue teams, as well as the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth.

The lost walkers were found by searchers in a very precarious location on the high plateau at around 8.15am, suffering the effects of hypothermia and exhaustion. They were then evacuated by helicopter to the Mountain Rescue Centre at Braemar.

Chief Inspector Andrew Todd, team leader of the Police Scotland (Grampian) Mountain Rescue Team, said:
This mountain rescue incident gave us grave cause for concern as the lives of these individuals were clearly in jeopardy.
Specially-trained and experienced mountain rescue officers worked through the night with volunteers from both the Braemar and Aberdeen mountain rescue teams. We brought in support from volunteer teams in both Tayside and the Highlands & Islands, as well as search and rescue dogs and the RAF, so that we could find the hill walkers before they succumbed to cold, wet and exhaustion.
It was very rewarding for all those involved when we found them. They were on very steep ground and unable to move, but we were able to evacuate them safely back to Braemar. Thankfully, they did not sustain any serious injuries and were able to return home after they were checked over at the Mountain Rescue Centre.” Lomond Mountain Rescue Team

Other reports

Two walkers flown to safety after Cairngorms rescue near Devil’s Point


Two walkers were flown to safety after a major overnight search in the Cairngorms.

Braemar and Aberdeen mountain rescue teams were among those assisted by a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth during the operation.

They faced blizzard conditions in the Devil’s Point area, near Cairn Toul.

The alarm was raised on Monday night. The two men were found in a “precarious location” at about 08:15, suffering the effects of hypothermia and exhaustion.

‘Very rewarding’

Ch Insp Andrew Todd, team leader of the Police Scotland (Grampian) Mountain Rescue Team, said: “This mountain rescue incident gave us grave cause for concern as the lives of these individuals were clearly in jeopardy.

“Specially-trained and experienced mountain rescue officers worked through the night with volunteers from both the Braemar and Aberdeen mountain rescue teams.

“We brought in support from volunteer teams in both Tayside and the Highlands and Islands, as well as search and rescue dogs and the RAF, so that we could find the hill walkers before they succumbed to cold, wet and exhaustion.”

He added: “It was very rewarding for all those involved when we found them.

“Thankfully, they did not sustain any serious injuries and were able to return home after they were checked over.”


Cairngorm John’s guide to staying safe in the mountains this winter

“For many people, the lure of tackling Scotlands mountains in winter is irresistible.

The prospect of walking, climbing or skiing on pristine-white slopes, amid a sun-drenched vista, carries understandable attractions for all those who enjoy outdoor pursuits.

Yet, as John Allen, the man who led the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue team from 1989 to 2007, is only too aware, there are few things more foolhardy than taking to the hills without adequate precautions to ensure a terrific day out isnt transformed into a terrifying white-out.

Allen penned his autobiography, Cairngorm John (Sandstone Publishing) last year and recounted his myriad experiences on the mountains, where the weather can close in on unsuspecting climbers in the space of a few moments.

And he has witnessed enough tragedies to realise that you can never tame Nature to the stage where you have eliminated risk altogether.

Indeed, the winter of 2012-13 was a pretty grim season on the slopes. In January, four climbers perished on Glencoe, a walker subsequently died in the Cairngorms, and three others lost their lives, following a devastating avalanche in February.

Allen knows as much as anybody about the ferocity of the conditions during these incidents.

He said: It is positively Arctic. The wind can pick you up and physically throw you in the air. The visibility can be reduced by blinding snow and cloud to one or two metres and the temperature is regularly well below -18C.

Your domestic freezer runs at that temperature. That will freeze beef or even horse meat. Most climbers simply cannot comprehend what these conditions are like.

So, when you go to the mountains, it will never be entirely risk-free. But it should be remembered that avalanche conditions can be recognised and steps taken to avoid them.

John Allen’s top eight tips for those on the mountains in winter.

via STV via STV
  • Do NOT go out unless you can comfortably navigate in mist or darkness using a Silva-type compass and Ordnance Survey map. Your map should be protected from the damp – a freezer bag will do nicely.
  • Never go out without consulting the avalanche forecast and the weather forecast. (There are plenty of good web sites, such as
  • Do NOT go out without your ice axe and crampons and head torch. Practice your ice axe braking techniques at the start of the winter. Replace the batteries on your head torch.
  • Be prepared to alter your route or turn back. There is no shame in making a retreat. In fact, it is often the mark of the experienced mountaineer that they can make the disciplined retreat.
  • Never rely only on your mobile phone. There are many areas where there is no signal. Keep your phone switched off to preserve batteries. Do NOT rely on an App map for your navigation or the compass on your phone. (One of our team members once said that if your phone was dead, the only way to attract the attention of the CMRT would be to throw the phone at them!)
  • Don’t rely on Global Positioning Satellite devices. They are not always correct and, in a deep corrie or valley, you may not get three satellites to give your position.
  • Good winter boots and outer shell clothing are, of course, a necessity.
  • Dialling 999 should be a last resort – only used after considering all the options.

One last thought….

At the end of the day, we can never eliminate all the risks of being in the hills.

There is the quote from many years ago which I often use: If you go into the mountains, if you want to see what beauty they offer, you have to accept that the mountains can take as well as give.

These words were spoken by a woman who had lost her father, nearly 50 years ago, while he was guiding on the Tour Ronde. They are worth remembering by everyone.

Mountain Weather Forecasts (Met Office)

Search & Rescue News (Goatys News)


UK: Walker Petra Herkes, 64, missing from Welshpool, Wales found safe and well – 230713 2120z

(Photo: BBC/Dyfed-Powys Police) Petra Herkes

A walker with Alzheimer’s disease has been found safe and well.

Petra Maria Herkes, 64, from Welshpool in Powys, left her home early on Monday morning but has failed to return.

Dyfed-Powys Police said she is a regular walker but has been suffering from the early signs of Alzheimer’s.

Mountain Rescue and Police search teams (@BreconMRT, @Western_Beacons, Aberdyfi SART @DyfedPowys) have been looking for Ms Herkes covering large areas of farmland and woodland in and around Welshpool.

Poilice said there was great concern that she has not returned after a few hours as she normally would.

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team confirmed that the search for Petra had been successful & she had been found safe and well.

(Updated from a BBC News report)

Welsh (Google translation)

A cerddwr chlefyd Alzheimer wedi cael ei ddarganfod yn ddiogel ac yn iach.

Gadawodd Petra Maria Herkes, 64, o’r Trallwng ym Mhowys, ei chartref yn gynnar ar fore dydd Llun, ond wedi methu dychwelyd.

Dywedodd Heddlu DyfedPowys ei bod yn gerddwr rheolaidd ond wedi bod yn dioddef o arwyddion cynnar clefyd Alzheimer.

Mountain timau chwilio yr Heddlu (@ BreconMRT, @ Western_Beacons, Aberdyfi SART @ DyfedPowys) Achub ac maent wedi bod yn chwilio am Ms Herkes sy’n cwmpasu ardaloedd mawr o dir ffermio a choetir yn y Trallwng a’r cyffiniau.

Dywedodd Poilice oedd pryder mawr nad oedd wedi dychwelyd ar l ychydig oriau gan ei bod yn arfer.

Cadarnhaodd Tm Achub Mynydd Aberhonddu bod y chwilio am Petra wedi bod yn llwyddiannus a bod wedi cael ei ddarganfod yn ddiogel ac yn iach.

(Diweddarwyd o adroddiad News BBC)A cerddwr chlefyd Alzheimer wedi cael ei ddarganfod yn ddiogel ac yn iach.

Gadawodd Petra Maria Herkes, 64, o’r Trallwng ym Mhowys, ei chartref yn gynnar ar fore dydd Llun, ond wedi methu dychwelyd.

Dywedodd Heddlu DyfedPowys ei bod yn gerddwr rheolaidd ond wedi bod yn dioddef o arwyddion cynnar clefyd Alzheimer.

Mountain timau chwilio yr Heddlu (@ BreconMRT, @ Western_Beacons, Aberdyfi SART @ DyfedPowys) Achub ac maent wedi bod yn chwilio am Ms Herkes sy’n cwmpasu ardaloedd mawr o dir ffermio a choetir yn y Trallwng a’r cyffiniau.

Dywedodd Poilice oedd pryder mawr nad oedd wedi dychwelyd ar l ychydig oriau gan ei bod yn arfer.

Cadarnhaodd Tm Achub Mynydd Aberhonddu bod y chwilio am Petra wedi bod yn llwyddiannus a bod wedi cael ei ddarganfod yn ddiogel ac yn iach.

(Diweddarwyd o adroddiad News BBC)


Taiwan: Huge Earthquake triggers landslide 1000+ tourists trapped on mountain platform. At least 2 dead, 21 injured – 020613 1650z

Large 6.2 m earthquake in Taiwan has caused several injuries and produced a large landslide

(Photo: Landslides in Taiwan after huge earthquake

2 people have been killed and at least 21 injured (3 seriously)

More than 1000 tourists are trapped on a mountain platform, because the cable railway was destroyed by a landslide

Strong Earthquake Jolts Central Taiwan

SKY NEWS 9:10am UK (BST) (0810z GMT/UTC), Sunday 02 June 2013

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck the island of Taiwan, killing two people and shaking buildings in the capital Taipei, news reports said.

The quake in central Taiwan injured more than 20 people, caused some damage and sent residents running into the streets.

In Mountain Ali in the southern part of the island, a man was killed by a rockslide while driving a car on a mountain road, the Taiwan Fire Agency said in a statement.

TV footage showed landslides, stirring clouds of yellow dust, on other mountains in the area.

Another man was killed by a falling rock when he was working at a farm in Chushan, near the epicentre.

The tremor struck about 35 kilometres (22 miles) east of Nantou County at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles).

The US Geological Survey had originally put the magnitude at 6.6 but later downgraded it.


Workers removed fallen rocks and repaired a damaged mountain road in Nantou, allowing more than 100 stranded tourists to pass.

Taiwan television said the quake had triggered a gas explosion in the centre of the island but it gave no details.

Shoppers screamed and ran out of a 12-storey department store that shook violently for nearly a minute, TV stations reported from the central city of Taichung, near the epicentre.

Six high-speed trains halted but services resumed after no damage was found to the line.

The quake also rattled the islands capital of Taipei, about 150 miles (250 kilometres) north of the epicentre.

The house was shaking but nothing fell, said one resident of the city.

Taiwan sits near the so-called ring of fire region of seismic activity around the Pacific Ocean, and is frequently rattled by quakes.

A magnitude-7.6 earthquake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

Sky News

2 Dead, 21 Injured in Taiwan Quake

2013-06-02 21:27:42 XinhuaWeb Editor: Xing Yihang

Lu Pei-ling, deputy director of the Taiwan Seismological Center, briefs the press about the Nantou quake, in Taipei, southeast China’s Taiwan, June 2, 2013. [Photo: Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng]

“Two people died and 21 others were injured, including 3 severely, in an earthquake that shook Taiwan’s Nantou County on Sunday afternoon, according to the island’s disaster response authorities.

The two deaths were reported in Nantou and the neighboring Chiayi County, the authorities said.

One person is still missing, the authorities said.

Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, on Sunday expressed his sympathy in Kunming to the Taiwan compatriots over the earthquake.

Zhang is in Kunming, capital city of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, to attend a meeting between Yunnan and Taiwan. He also met there with the Kuomintang (KMT) vice chairman John Chiang.

Also on Sunday, the office’s spokeswoman Fan Liqing conveyed condolences to the families of the Taiwanese victims.

She said the mainland’s compatriots are deeply concerned about the earthquake and can feel what the Taiwan compatriots feel.

“We are willing to spare no efforts to offer assistance so long as the Taiwan side has need,” said Fan.

The epicenter of the 6.7-magnitude earthquake was monitored at about 23.9 degrees north latitude and 120.9 degrees east longitude with a depth of 9 km, according to the mainland’s China Earthquake Networks Center.

Taiwan’s earthquake authorities measured it at 6.3 magnitude.

As of 6:16 p.m., four smaller-scale aftershocks had been monitored in Nantou, the island’s meteorological authorities said.

So far, there have been no reports of deaths or injuries among visitors from the mainland, said Man Hongwei, head of the Taipei office of the Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits.

Cable-car services in Nantou’s Riyuetan (Sun Moon Lake) scenic spot have been halted. But high-speed trains in Taiwan have all restored operations and electricity has been resumed in affected areas, local authorities said.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nantou on March 27 this year.

The recent two quakes correlate “a little bit” with a massive earthquake that shook the island nearly 14 years ago, said Lu Pei-ling, an official with the sub-center of Taiwan’s earthquake forecasting center.

The 7.3-magnitude quake on Sept. 21, 1999 was the strongest to hit Taiwan in 100 years and left more than 2,000 people dead.

Lu said there is still a possibility that more quakes will occur in this area in the future.”


Strong and deadly earthquake hits Taiwan

(Video credit: WLNNews)

Published on 2 Jun 2013

The tremor that hit Taiwan on Sunday afternoon was felt all over the island, but most severely in the central and southern regions. The quakes epicentre was near Jenai township in Nantou County in central Taiwan, about 250 km south of Taipei, the Central Weather Bureau said. aiwans Nantou County, occurrence of 6.7 earthquake wholly-Taiwan most of the feel the shaking

Nantou 6.3 earthquake this years most earthquake depth 10 km

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Taiwan 2013 02/06/2013

(Video credit: Joel CS)

Published on 2 Jun 2013

The quake struck 24 miles southeast of the city of Tai-chung at a depth of nine miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The agency initially said it was 6.6 magnitude but later downgraded it slightly.

Taiwan television said the quake triggered a gas explosion in the centre of the island but it gave no details. There were no reports of any casualties.

The quake also rattled the islands capital of Taipei.

The house was shaking but nothing fell, said one resident of the city.

An earthquake of such a magnitude can cause severe damage.

The island sits near the so-called ring of fire region of seismic activity around the Pacific Ocean.

(Reporting by Clare Jim; Writing by Robert Birsel)

Deadly earthquake hits Taiwan

(Video credit: Euronews)

Published on 2 Jun 2013 A 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan on Sunday June 2, killing at least one person and injuring at more than 18 others.

The epicentre was the town of Jenai in central Taiwan, 250 kilometres south of the capital Taipei.

It occurred close to the site of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed over 2,300 people in 1999.More from

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UK: Derbyshire Dales night rescue for 2 fallers & 1 with hypothermia at Lathkill Dale nr Monyash – 310513 1130z

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team was called in the early hours of Thursday morning to a serious multi casualty incident in Lathkill Dale.

Two males had fallen some 25 feet over a crag coming to rest on a steep grassy slope.

In total darkness and heavy rain the team worked with East Midlands Ambulance crews and EMASs Hazardous Area Response Team to treat the casualties who sustained suspected spinal injuries and a fracDerbyshire Dales night rescue for 2 fallers & 1 with hypothermia at Lathkill Dale nr Monyashtured leg.

A third male, who had gone to their assistance, was also treated for hypothermia.

The injured casualties were extracted from the dale on stretchers using a rope rescue system and carried to a waiting ambulance.

Photo credit: Andy Keen casualty on stretcher being lowered into the dale for carry out to ambulance.


Lathkill Dale looking downdale, about 1 km from Monyash.19 August 2006 Photo credit: William M. Connolley

Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve – Wikipedia

UK: Injured climber airlifted to hospital from Ilkley Moor by Yorkshire Air Ambulance, aided by 2 Mountain Rescue teams & Fire Service – 270513 2115z

Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team were called out (about 6 hours) ago to assist the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with the rescue of a fallen climber on the Buttress at Ilkley Moor.

CVSRT were called along with the Fire Brigade Technical Rescue Team and UWFRA to assist the stricken climber.
The Lead climber’s arm was trapped by a boulder on the rockface. Released by fire service with hydraulic spreaders, lowered to ground by Mountain Rescue and carried to the air ambulance.

(Splendid photos below all from Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team)

Crag Rescue, The Buttress, Ilkley Moor

(Video credit: Steven Westwood)

Published on 27 May 2013

Couple of short clips of the rescue of a lead climber trapped by a fallen rock. Rescue involved West Yorkshire Fire Tech Rescue Team, Calder Valley SRT, Upper Wharfedale FRA and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

News Reports

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Injured climber airlifted to hospital from Ilkley Moor

“A man climbing the Cow and Calf rock formation on Ilkley Moor was airlifted to hospital today after he became trapped by falling rocks.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Upper Wharfedale Mountain Rescue Team attended and the man was taken to Leeds General Infirmary at 2.30pm. He is believed to have suffered an arm injury.”

(Photo: The Cow and Calf rocks above Ilkley. The smaller rock, or “calf”, is estimated to weigh about a thousand tonnes and to have fallen away from the rock face at some point in the last 10,000 years. Geologists suggest its movement was arrested from going further downhill by the Wharfedale ice stream, which had by then sunk to the level at which the boulder now rests. Date 19th July 2008, 2008-07-21 (original upload date) Source Taken by T.J Blackwell on 19 July, 2008 Author Original uploader was TJBlackwell at en.wikipedia

Ilkley Moor – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

UK: Coastguard warning to Bank Holiday walkers after 5th injured walker rescued – 260513 1615z

Coastguards from Rhum & Skye rescue injured walker on Rhum, 5th such incident on Saturday

(Photo: Harris, Isle of Rhum

At 9:30pm on Saturday, the coastguard rescue helicopter from Stornoway was sent to rescue a lady who had collapsed and was struggling to remain conscious on the Isle of Rhum.



Unfortunately, when the rescue helicopter reached the island, the weather had closed in and the cloud cover was too low to fly in to locate the casualty. The Rhum Coastguard Rescue Team started to walk in to the ladys position while the rescue helicopter returned to Skye to refuel and to collect the Portree Coastguard Rescue Team to help with the evacuation of the lady.



Rhum and Portree Coastguards made their way to the injured lady on foot and found her conscious but very cold and unable to walk. They made her comfortable and placed her in a stretcher ready for extraction. Carrying the stretcher through Harris Glen towards the coast, they were able to get the lady to a location suitable for the rescue helicopter to fly to meet them as the weather lifted. The casualty was then transported to Hospital in Broadford.

(Image: Rhum



The coastguard rescue helicopter from Stornoway had already been to four different incidents involving injured walkers on Saturday in Skye, Kintail and Crianlarich.



Carol Collins, Stornoway Coastguard Watch Manager says,


With so many people enjoying a chance to get out walking over the bank holiday weekend our advice for walkers is to be prepared. Make sure you are properly equipped for walking along coastal paths. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and check the weather forecast before you set out. Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained. Do not try to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top. Do not attempt self rescue, if you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Ireland: Woman rescued from disused mine shaft in Co Sligo – 050513 2240z

Sligo: Benbulbin, Glencarbury Barite Mine (Photo: Copyright Michael Murtagh Creative Commons Licence)

“A 53-year-old woman has been rescued from a disused mine shaft in Co Sligo this afternoon.

The woman had been walking with a group of people near Glencarbury mine north of Sligo town.

She decided to go into the old mine which had previously been boarded up.

The woman stumbled and fell down about 30 or 40 feet into the shaft of the old barytes mine and landed in water.

One of her walking companions managed to get down into the shaft and pull her on to a ledge.

A rapid response team from Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue hauled the woman up out if the shaft.

She was suffering from hypothermia and has been taken to Sligo Regional Hospital where she is understood to be in a stable condition.

Separately, a 66-year-old woman is being treated in hospital after falling off a cliff in Co Antrim this afternoon.

The Sligo Coastguard helicopter was involved in the rescue operation to rescue the woman who had fallen into an “inaccessible” area off the coast of Carrick-a-Rede.

The woman who sustained serious injuries to her leg was lifted to safety and taken to hospital at around 3pm.” – RTE

US: Avalanche instructor & forecaster Craig Patterson killed in Utah avalanche – 120413 1400z

Search and rescue workers located and recovered the body of a state avalanche forecaster early Friday morning, about six hours after he had been reported missing in a Big Cottonwood Canyon snow slide.

(Photo: Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal reported the remains of 34-year-old Craig Patterson had been retrieved from the east face of Cardiff Fork area just before 1 a.m. Friday. Patterson had been reported missing by his employer, the Utah Department of Transportation, about 7:40 p.m. Thursday when his family reported him overdue.

Crews, aided by a helicopter, spotted Pattersons body just before sunset. Hoyal said he had been out checking snow stability when he got caught in an avalanche.

UDOT spokesman Nile Easton released this statement regarding the incident:

The UDOT family lost one of our own Thursday when veteran avalanche forecaster Craig Patterson died in a snow slide. Craig had worked with the department since 2006 and was a veteran back country skier. He was out doing the job that he loved to do, making the canyon safer for everyone to enjoy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones as we continue to gather information about this terrible tragedy.

Evelyn Lees of the Utah Avalanche Center also expressed sorrow, calling Patterson a friend, avalanche educator and integral part of Utah avalanche professionals trying to unravel the mysteries of snow and avalanches, and working to keep people safe.


Craig Patterson

(Photo: Craig Patterson killed in Utah avalanche

A UMA rock, ice, mountaineering and ski guide since 2004, Craig has been UMAs lead Level I avalanche instructor and a Utah Department of Transportation avalanche forecaster for Provo Canyon since 2006.

Craig grew up in Switzerland where he developed his sense of place in the mountains and skied extensively throughout France. He attended college in Ohio, where he spent most of his time cragging at the Red River Gorge and climbing ice and rock in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Yet he still managed to obtain a degree in Geology. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in the Spring of 2001 from Kathadin to Springer, and then moved to Alaska to work in the Western Chugach Mountains as an avalanche safety instructor and guide. He led ice, rock and glacier trips, and taught crevasse rescue and mountaineering skills.

Craig has done ice, rock and alpine ascents along the Front Range of Colorado, the Wind Rivers, the Chugach and Kenai mountains of Alaska, West central Wyoming and Montana, and all throughout the Wasatch and desert Southwest. Hes also done numerous ski descents throughout North America and Europe. (Written before Mr Pattersons death)

Scotland: Two climbers rescued after becoming lost in poor weather conditions – 110413 1340z

Tayside MRT pictured here in Southern Cairngorms on 29 January 2012 (Photo: Tayside MRT)

“Two climbers have been rescued after becoming lost in poor weather conditions.


Police and mountain rescue teams were called to the Glen Doll area, north of Kirriemuir in the Angus Glens, at about 9pm on Wednesday.


A spokesman for Police Scotland said the pair had got into trouble after losing their way in “appalling” weather conditions.


He added that the men were experienced climbers and were found safe and well in the early hours of the morning.” – STV

Tayside Mountain Rescue Team:

“Some of the Team are just getting to bed after another successful rescue this evening/morning. A Full Team call out was initiated at about 10pm on Wednesday night for 2 missing persons in the Corrie Fee area of Glen Doll. Due to the weather conditions, Rescue 137 was not able to fly. The 2 casualties were located at 3.15am, very cold but unhurt, and were able to be walked off the Mountain by Team Members.
It’s still winter conditions out there, so please be careful whatever you are doing in the Mountains.”



Thailand: Tour bus plunge into ravine in Phitsanulok kills 5 (inc a baby), injures 53 – 080313 1105z

Five people died and 53 others injured when a tour bus travelling from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai plunged down a roadside cliff in Phitsanulok early Monday, police said.

The bus, with the Udon Thani licence plate No 30-0365, belonged to Jakkrapong Tour company.
Pol Capt Saneh Promrat, duty officer at Nakhon Thai police station, said the vehicle was heading to Chiang Mai,about 650 kilometres north of Bangkok.
The driver lost control and it plunged down a roadside cliff on the Nakhon Thai – Dan Sai road in Phitsanulok’s Nakhon Thai district about 2am.
One of the five people who died was a foreign woman tourist named as Marain Sofie, 21, a Belgian national. The four others were Thais – two women, one man named as Pornsak Sawekwong, 33, and a baby boy, Chaimongkol Charoensaen, aged seven months.
Thirty-nine of the injured were taken to Dan Sai hospital and 11 others were taken to Nakhon Thai Crown Prince hospital.
One of the injured passengers is a foreign woman tourist named as Magdalena Jaworska, who is four months pregnant.
The bus driver is among the injured. Police have not yet released his name.
Rescue units took over two hours to extricate the bus passengers from the mangled wreckage at the bottom of the ravine and send them to hospitals.
Pol Capt Saneh said the cause of the fatal accident was being investigated. It was possible the tour bus had a brake problem.
Monday, 08 April, 2013 at 06:59 (06:59 AM) UTC RSOE

Extract from

5 die, 53 hurt in bus cliff plunge

“…”The bus had problems with its brakes and was speeding before it crashed over the cliff,”Pol Capt Sanehsaid.

Passengers had smelled something burning and the driver, who is also in a critical condition, had stopped to try and fix the problem before the crash, he said.”


Photos by Chinawat Singha

Scotland: Body of missing skier Daniel Maddox found after avalanche in Glencoe – 310313 1630z

Update 31 Mar 2013 160z:

Lochaber mountain rescue team have found the body of Daniel Maddox, 41 yrs old from Clackmannanshire in the search for a skier missing after avalanche yesterday near Glencoe

(Photo: Sky News)

A rescue operation has resumed on Sunday near Glencoe Ski Centre following an avalanche, but searchers say there is little chance a missing skier has survived.

One off-piste skier is feared buried in the avalanche and mountain rescue teams have so far been unable to find him.

Emergency services were alerted to the avalanche close to the Glencoe Ski Centre just after 1pm on Saturday.

Staff from the ski centre helped mountain rescue teams in the search in an off-piste skiing area in the Etive Glades, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team said.

RAF Lossiemouth and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team were also involved.

Glencoe Mountain Resort posted on its Facebook page: (We) regret to say that an experienced off-piste skier skiing out of the ski area was caught in a major avalanche this afternoon.

Four people killed in Glencoe Avalanche
The avalanche is the second serious incident at Glencoe this year

Off-piste skiing, also referred to as back country skiing, involves the use of unofficial slopes which are not patrolled or maintained.

A forecast on the sportscotland Avalanche Information Service website on Saturday placed Glencoe at considerable risk of an avalanche.

The snowpack is moderately to poorly bonded on many steep slopes, it said.

Triggering is possible, even from low additional loads, particularly on the indicated steep slopes. In some cases medium-sized, in isolated cases large-sized, natural avalanches are possible.

Rescuers said the snow is up to 40 feet deep and has hampered search efforts and admitted it was unlikely the man could have survived.

John Grieve, leader of Glencoe Mountain Team, said the avalanche travelled around 1,000ft down the rocky face of the slope.

He said: The avalanche has actually gone into a gully, and in some places the snow is about 40ft deep.

Glencoe map in Scotland
Some 30 people are involved in the search in an off-piste area of Glencoe

Its not like a normal ski slope where it is mainly smooth and straight. There are a lot of rocks around and it is more dangerous.

Mark Fulton, 25, from Gourock, Inverclyde, who was skiing all day with his family on the slopes at the Glencoe Ski Centre, said he saw the rescue mission unfolding.

I was up there from about 10am and at lunchtime we went in to get something to eat at the cafe and we saw an emergency helicopter hovering about, he said.

It looked as though it was coming in to land near the bottom of the hill. When we were leaving later I saw police and mountain rescue vans all gathered as well.

I didnt actually know there had been an avalanche until I was driving home and heard it on the radio.

Its just not something you think about when youre going out skiing, you never think something like that will happen to you its like when you get on a plane, you dont think its going to crash.

I just hope the person is found safe and well.

Glencoe Ski area, also known as Glencoe Mountain or the White Corries ski centre, is the oldest ski area in Scotland.

In January, four people died while descending the 3,658ft Bidean Nam Bian near Glencoe. An avalanche struck without warning and swept them 1,000ft down the mountainside.

In the same month, 22-year-old Ben St Joseph, from Essex, died after falling 100 metres from Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis.

In February, three men survived falling 150 metres (450ft) in an avalanche in the Coire an t-Sneachda area of the Cairngorm mountain range.

Lochaber MRT (on Facebook 13hrs ago): Lochaber MRT have been assisting Glencoe MRT in the search for a avalanched skier. Team members were flown in from Fort William team base to the scene by R137. Despite hours of digging and probing in a confined area, avalanche depth in excess of 6mtrs deep, the skier was not found. The search continues tomorrow. LMRT

Rescuers resume search for skier after avalanche in Glencoe

BBC NEWS 31 March 2013 Last updated at 10:31

(Photo: Glencoe Mountain Rescue

The search for a skier missing after an avalanche near Glencoe Ski Centre in the west Highlands has resumed.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at an off-piste skiing area in the Etive Glades on Saturday.


Glencoe Mountain Resort said an experienced off-piste skier had been caught in the major avalanche.

Northern Constabulary is co-ordinating the search, with members of Glencoe and Lochaber rescue teams.

Continue reading the main story

The avalanche has actually gone into a gully, and in some places the snow is about 40ft deep

John Grieve Mountain rescue leader

The search, which had been called off as darkness fell on Saturday, included an RAF Lossiemouth helicopter.

John Grieve, leader of Glencoe Mountain Team, said the avalanche travelled about 1,000ft down the slopes rocky face.

The avalanche has actually gone into a gully, and in some places the snow is about 40ft deep, he said.

He added that it was unlikely the skiier had survived in those circumstances.

There have been a number of serious incidents as a result of avalanches in Scotland this year.

In January four experienced climbers died on Bidean Nam Bianin Glencoe.

Three people also died after an avalanche in the Cairngorms in February.

Two of the climbers were off-duty members of the RAF Mountaineering Association. The third fatality was a student on a course at the Glenmore Lodge outdoor centre.

In the same week there was a second fatal avalanche involving a hillwalker.


About 30 people from Glencoe and Lochaber mountain rescue teams, SARDA, police, the mountain resorts ski patrol and a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth all helped with the operation in the Etive Glades.


Missing Skier in Avalanche in Glencoe heavywhalley

Update 31 Mar 2013 160z: Lochaber mountain rescue team have found the body of Daniel Maddox, 41 yrs old from Clackmannanshire in the search for a skier missing after avalanche yesterday near Glencoe

Avalanche Information for the Scottish Mountains (SAIS)

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Ireland: Hill walkers in difficulty on Lugnaquillia Mountain aided by Dublin/ Wicklow & Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Teams – 290313 1845z

(Photo: Lugnaquilla Mountain 925-metre (3,035 ft)

Members of the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (@DWMRT on twitter) and the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team responded to the 2 hill walkers who had difficulty on Lugnaquillia Mountain (Leinsters highest) due to sheer ice conditions on steep ground.

(Photo: Dublin Wicklow MR Team) Callout 35: Art’s Lough, Lugnaquillia Mountain

The party of 2 were located at Art’s Lough by mountain rescue and were walked off the mountain safely where they were transported by mountain rescue landrovers.

“Lug as it is popularly known is Ireland’s highest summit outside Kerry. The large summit cairn and trig pillar sit on a fairly flat dryish top with views better distant than near, often surrounded by people and sadly, litter. There are several ways up and some serious hazards particularly in bad weather so map, navigational gear and skill are essential.” –

Arts lough (
Alternates names : Loch Airt
UTM : PU77
Geographical coordinates in decimal degrees (WGS84)
Latitude : 52.975
Longitude : -6.428
Geographical coordinates in degrees minutes seconds (WGS84)
Latitude : 52 58′ 31”
Longitude : -6 25′ 42”

Earlier in the day (11:54hrs ) An Garda Siochana tasked mountain rescue to 2 English tourists who had become stuck in their 4×4 vehicle around the Kippure Mast area of the Military Road. Members of the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team responded and treated the driver for a medical condition whilst a snow plough cleared the road.

(Photo: Dublin Wicklow MR Team) Callout 34: Military Road

New Zealand: Injured climber rescued from Mt Awful in Mt Aspiring National Park after 100m fall, alarm raised by distress beacon (PLB) – 280313 2315z

(Photo: Mt Awful in Mt Aspiring National Park, NZ

An injured climber has been rescued by helicopter from Mt Awful in Mt Aspiring National Park, after suffering head injuries following a fall of around 100m.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) received a personal locator beacon (PLB) alert from a party of four climbers at around 11 am. A rescue helicopter from The Helicopter Line Mount Cook, with a specialist Department of Conservation alpine rescue team on board flew to the scene, near the Gillespie Pass (altitude around 1300m).

RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Dave Wilson said the man, aged in his 60s, was stabilised and flown to Queenstown Hospital. As the full extent of his injuries was not known, a fully equipped air ambulance helicopter from Helicopters Otago, with an ICU retrieval team on board, launched from Dunedin to rendezvous at Queenstown. Medical authorities will decide upon the next course of action.

The man has fallen a considerable distance and requires a some serious medical attention, Mr Wilson said.

This incident again shows the value of carrying a registered distress beacon. Because it was registered, we were quickly able to establish from the partys emergency contact the make-up of the party and their climbing intentions.

It has enabled the injured person to get medical attention as quickly as possible.

The mans condition is not known at this stage.

Beacons can be registered free of charge on the beacons website:

The remaining members of the party, all New Zealanders, are making their own way down the mountain.” – MNZ 27 March 2013: 2.40pm

For further information contact:
Maritime New Zealand Media Line
Phone 04 499 7318

Wales: Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team in action on Snowdon, be aware of Snowdonia snow danger this Easter – 230313 1955z

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (@LlanberisMRT 0n twitter) in action on Snowdon in winter conditions on 21st March 2013. llanberismountainrescue

Mountaineering Instructor & Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team member, Rob Johnson:

Be aware of the significant amount of snow on the mountains this Easter in Snowdonia know the dangers of descending the railway instead of the Llanberis Path in winter.

We have not published it to criticise the people we have rescued – as team members we are all climbers and mountaineers and enjoy the mountains ourselves.

We are happy to help fellow mountaineers when they over stretch themselves in their adventures or are simply unlucky but we also try and educate to prevent people having an unnecessary epic!

Thats the purpose of this video so please share and spread the word – by getting into the mainstream media we are more likely to reach the people that would not otherwise appreciate the hazards of winter.

Wales: Mountain Rescue Teams brave blizzards to find brothers stranded in Brecon Beacons – 180313 2240z

“Mountain rescuers battled night-time blizzards to rescue two brothers who got into difficulties attempting the ascent of south Waless highest mountain.

(Photo: Rescuers make their way to the brothers through a blizzard

The pair set off to walk to the summit of Pen y Fan on Saturday, but as the weather worsened, one of the men suffered an injury and they called 999.

Members of Brecon, Central Beacons and Longtown Mountain Rescue Teams were alerted about 3.15pm. The brothers told police they were stranded 600m (2,000ft) up on the Brecon Beacons above the village of Llanfrynach, south-east of Brecon.

Dave Coombs, deputy team leader of Brecon MRT, said: Due to the weather conditions the Wales Air Ambulance and the RAF search and rescue helicopters were unable to fly.

This meant the rescue would have to be carried out by mountain rescue personnel.

The 16 rescuers set off in worsening conditions to find the walkers. As they climbed rain turned to snow and visibility dropped to less than 40m. It soon became clear that the walkers had misjudged their position, so team coordinators used smartphone software to locate them.

The rescue took place while the Welsh national rugby team was beating England in a crucial Six Nations tournament game.

Mr Coombs said: We located them just as we heard the half time score from the Millennium Stadium.

The two walkers were sheltering in a tent. One was uninjured but his companion was injured following a fall and was suffering from hypothermia.” –

Full story: Rescuers brave blizzards to find brothers stranded in Brecon Beacons (grough)

Other Reports

Brecon Beacons mountain rescue in blizzard conditions

“The Six Nations triumph was not the only heroics by a Welsh team on Saturday, as these incredible video clips show.

Members of three mountain rescue teams were called into action after two walkers became stranded on the Brecon Beacons in snowy, white-out conditions.

The rescuers found the men one of whom was injured and could not to continue and carried them to safety through the blizzard conditions before an RAF helicopter arrived to collect them.

It is understood the two walkers who are from the Gloucester area had been planning to walk from Storey Arms to Tal-y-Bont when they ran into difficulties and had to make an emergency call.

Members of the Brecon, Central Beacons and Longtown mountain rescue teams went to their aid.

Mark Jones, deputy team leader from the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, said they had the call for help just after 3pm on Saturday, with the 16 rescuers setting off from the village of Llafrynach to try to find the stranded men.

The long walk in… from Jones on Vimeo.

He said: When we started from the road it was raining but as we got onto the mountains the snow was coming down and the wind really blowing, visibility was down to about 40 metres. The wind was right in our faces.

After walking for about five kilometres we got to the grid reference the walkers had given us but they werent there we carried out a search of the area and found them about 500 metres away.

We must have got to them about half-time in the rugby I know because a friend texted me the score.

The two walkers were sheltering in a tent one was uninjured but his companion was injured following a fall and was suffering from mild hyopthermia.

The rescuers got the men on to stretchers then began to carry them off the mountains in blizzard-like conditions across a landscape of peat hags deep depressions in the peaty surface.

Mr Jones said: We decided not to use the path because it was close to the edge of a drop and we could not run the risk of going over the edge in the conditions.

The ground is very uneven in that area the snow was going from ankle deep to waist deep as we made out way through the peat hags.”

Eventually an RAF helicopter arrived to pick-up the walkers but because of the snow was unable to land, so the casualties were winched aboard and flown to hospital.

Snow rescue with 169 from Jones on Vimeo.

Both men are understood to be okay following their ordeal.

Mr Jones said: We finally got off the mountain around midnight the conditions were exhausting.” –

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Achubwyr mynydd brwydro nos stormydd eira i achub dau frawd sy’n mynd i drafferthion cynnig ar y dringo de mynydd uchaf Cymru.

(Llun: Rescuers gwneud eu ffordd i’r brodyr trwy storm eira

Sefydlodd y ddau i ffwrdd i gerdded i gopa Pen y Fan ddydd Sadwrn, ond wrth i’r tywydd waethygu, un o’r dynion yn dioddef anaf ac maent yn galw 999.

Aelodau o Aberhonddu, Brycheiniog Canolog a Thimau Achub Mynydd Longtown yn gwybod am 3.15pm. Mae’r brodyr dweud wrth yr heddlu eu bod yn sownd 600m (2,000 troedfedd) i fyny ar y Bannau Brycheiniog uwchben pentref Llanfrynach, i’r de-ddwyrain o Aberhonddu.

Dywedodd Dave Coombs, arweinydd tm dirprwy Aberhonddu MRT,: “Oherwydd y tywydd Ambiwlans Awyr Cymru a chwilio RAF a hofrenyddion achub yn gallu hedfan.

“Roedd hyn yn golygu y byddai’r achub i gael eu cynnal gan bersonl achub mynydd.”

Mae’r 16 achubwyr yn gosod i ffwrdd yn gwaethygu amodau i ddod o hyd i’r cerddwyr. Wrth iddyn nhw ddringo law yn troi i eira a gwelededd gostwng i lai na 40m. Mae’n fuan daeth yn amlwg bod y cerddwyr wedi camfarnu o’u safle, fel cydlynwyr tm a ddefnyddir meddalwedd smartphone i ddod o hyd iddynt.

Mae’r achub Cynhaliwyd tra bod y tm rygbi cenedlaethol Cymru yn curo Lloegr mewn Mhencampwriaeth y Chwe Gwlad gm twrnamaint.

Dywedodd Mr Coombs: “Rydym yn lleoli ohonynt yn unig fel y clywsom yr hanner amser sgr o Stadiwm y Mileniwm.

“Mae’r ddau gerddwyr yn cysgodi mewn pabell. Cafodd un ei anafu, ond ei gydymaith ei anafu yn dilyn cwymp ac roedd yn dioddef o hypothermia “-.

Stori lawn: stormydd eira Rescuers dewr i ddod o hyd i frodyr sownd ym Mannau Brycheiniog (grough)

Adroddiadau Eraill
Bannau Brycheiniog achub mynydd mewn amodau storm eira

“Nid yw’r fuddugoliaeth y Chwe Gwlad oedd yr unig arwrol gan dm Cymru ar ddydd Sadwrn, fel y clipiau fideo yn dangos anhygoel.

Aelodau o dri thm achub mynydd eu galw i weithredu ar l dau gerddwyr yn sownd ar y Bannau Brycheiniog yn eira, gwyn-allan amodau.

Mae’r achubwyr fod y dynion – un ohonynt oedd yn eu hanafu ac nid oedd i barhau – ac a’u dug hwynt i ddiogelwch trwy’r amodau storm eira cyn hofrennydd y Llu Awyr wedi cyrraedd i’w casglu.

Deellir y ddau cerddwyr – sydd yn dod o ardal Caerloyw – wedi bod yn cynllunio i gerdded o Storey Arms i Dal-y-Bont pan fyddant yn rhedeg i drafferthion a bu’n rhaid i wneud galwad frys.

Aelodau o’r Brycheiniog, Bannau Canolog a Longtown timau achub mynydd yn mynd at eu cymorth.

Dywedodd Mark Jones, dirprwy arweinydd tm gan y Tm Achub Mynydd Aberhonddu, cawsant y galw am gymorth yn union ar l 3pm ar ddydd Sadwrn, gyda’r 16 achubwyr cychwyn o bentref Llafrynach i geisio dod o hyd i’r dynion sownd.

Mae’r daith hir i mewn .. gan Jones ar Vimeo.

Dywedodd: “Pan ddechreuon ni o’r ffordd roedd hi’n bwrw glaw, ond wrth i ni ar y mynyddoedd yr eira yn dod i lawr ac mae’r gwynt yn chwythu mewn gwirionedd, gwelededd wedi gostwng i oddeutu 40 metr. Roedd y gwynt yn iawn yn ein hwynebau.

“Ar l cerdded am tua phum cilomedr i ni gyrraedd y cyfeirnod grid y cerddwyr wedi rhoi i ni, ond nid oeddent yno – rydym yn cynnal chwiliad o’r ardal a dod o hyd iddynt tua 500 metr i ffwrdd.

“Mae’n rhaid i ni wedi mynd nhw am hanner amser yn y rygbi – yr wyf yn gwybod am fod yn ffrind i mi anfon neges destun y sgr.”

Mae’r ddau gerddwyr yn cysgodi mewn pabell – un yn anafu ond roedd ei gydymaith ei anafu yn dilyn cwymp ac roedd yn dioddef o hyopthermia ysgafn.

Mae’r achubwyr cael y dynion ar stretsier ac yna dechreuodd i gario oddi ar y mynyddoedd yn storm eira-fel amodau ar draws tirwedd o fawn hags – pantiau dwfn yn y arwyneb mawnaidd.

Dywedodd Mr Jones: “Rydym yn penderfynu peidio defnyddio’r llwybr am ei fod yn agos at ymyl y gostyngiad ac ni allem rhedeg y risg o fynd dros yr ymyl yn yr amodau.

“Mae’r tir yn anwastad iawn yn yr ardal honno – yr eira yn mynd o ffr dwfn i ganol dwfn wrth i ni wneud allan ffordd drwy’r hags mawn.”

Yn y pen draw yn hofrennydd y Llu Awyr yn cyrraedd i godi i fyny i’r cerddwyr ond oherwydd yr eira yn gallu tir, felly y damweiniau yn cael eu winsio fwrdd a hedfan i’r ysbyty.

Achub Snow gyda 169 o Jones ar Vimeo.

Ddau ddyn yn cael eu deall i gael iawn yn dilyn eu ddioddefaint.

Dywedodd Mr Jones: “. Rydym yn olaf got oddi ar y mynydd tua hanner nos – yr amodau yn flinedig” “-

Search and Rescue Helicopter Privatisation

First female RAF search and rescue commander – 090313 1800z


One of the Armed Forces top female aviators has recently taken command of the RAFs Search and Rescue Force.

High-flying 44-year-old, Group Captain Sara Mackmin, will oversee all RAF search and rescue operations across the UK and the Falkland Islands.

The appointment is Group Captain Mackmins latest groundbreaking move in a career that has seen her achieve a number of firsts in the RAF.

After serving in the Balkans flying Puma helicopters she became the UKs first female helicopter instructor and in 2000 was the first female to command an operational flying unit as a squadron leader.

In 2008 she repeated the feat as a Wing Commander.

Speaking after her RAF Search and Rescue Force appointment Group Captain Mackmin said:

I was delighted to be asked to command a force that makes a real difference to peoples lives on a daily basis and to be able to work with such a dedicated and professional cadre of people, both military and civilian.

She takes up the position as the UK military prepares to transfer the search and rescue service to the Department for Transport. She added:

I am in no doubt about the challenges ahead as we prepare to transfer the UKs search and rescue service to a new provider and look forward to helping ensure a smooth transition.

Group Captain Mackmin has served 3 staff tours with MOD and worked as the personal staff officer to the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.

As well as being a search and rescue pilot, she also volunteers with the RAFs mountain rescue teams.

About the RAF SAR Force
SAR Force Commander
Group Captain Sara Mackmin MA BEng RAF

Mission Statement
“To generate and sustain a world-leading Search and Rescue capability, including Command Control and Coordination, helicopters and Mountain Rescue Service Force elements, to be a force for good and contribute to the Ministry of Defence’s mission”

The Royal Air Force maintains a 24-hour search and rescue service covering the whole of the United Kingdom and a large surrounding area. Whilst the service exists primarily to assist military aircrew and other personnel in distress, the vast majority of scrambles are to assist civilians who find themselves in difficulties, either on land or at sea.

RAF Sea King helicopters of 22 and 202 Squadrons operate from six UK locations. Further helicopters provide SAR cover from 2 Royal Navy and 4 Maritime and Coastguard Agency contract-operated bases, giving a total of 12 helicopter units around the UK. RAF Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) are based at 4 locations in mainland Britain, each staffed by a core of 8 permanent staff members and supported by 28 part-time volunteers.

The Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre at RAF Kinloss tasks and co-ordinates all aeronautical SAR activity across the UK Search and Rescue Region, drawing from a wide variety of SAR helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and RAF Mountain Rescue Teams. The UK ARCC also detects and notifies emergency distress beacon alerts worldwide.

RAF Search and Rescue works closely with the civilian emergency services and has produced a technical handbook for anyone working with Search And Rescue helicopters. The booklet can be viewed or downloaded using this link to ‘Working with SAR Helicopters’.

All imagery is Crown Copyright unless specified.


UK Government plan to close 50% of UK Coastguard Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres Updated 07 Feb 20130001Z

Privatising Search andRescue

New search and rescue helicopter base to beconsidered

Duke of Cambridge takes part in search mission from RAFValley

Prince William: pictures released of a typical ‘day in thelife’

Could this be the coalition government’s biggest cock-upyet?

Support flaring for Clyde Coastguard, Scotland Published 03 Sept 20121440Z

RAF SAR crew criticised for beach landing “so the pilot can buy icecream”



Lake District: RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Team in rescue of climbers on Helvellyn on 23/2/13 – 050313 2310z

(Photo: Simon Ledingham/ Helvellyn, Cumbria, Great Britain – Striding Edge, Red Tarn, Red Tarn Beck, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Castye Cam are shown in their winter coat of snow.
(Click photo for source)

RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Team attended two fallen  on Helvellyn on the 23/2/13 (pictures just released )
The first  job was to a fallen walker on the NE ridge decent. Casualty was airlifted by rescue 177 to Carlisle hospital.
Photo: 1st job on Helvellyn on the 23/2/13, fallen walker on the NE ridge decent. Casualty was airlifted by rescue 177 to Carlisle hospital.
The second was on 3 gully, Redtarn, Helvellyn. A climber had fallen suffering shoulder and ankle injuries. VMRT along with civilian MRTs stretchered the casualty to the awaiting helimed where he was flown to Carlisle hospital.
Photo: 2nd job on the 23/2/13 was on 3 gully, Redtarn, Helvellyn. A climber had fallen suffering shoulder and ankle injuries. VMRT along with civilian MRTs stretchered the casualty to the awaiting helimed where he was flown to Carlisle hospital.
The primary role of RAF Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) is to respond to a military aircraft crash. RAF Valley MRT is one of 4 teams in the UK, and its area of responsibility takes in 16 counties including Wales, Cornwall, Devon and Lancashire.

They are trained and equipped to respond to a crash in the most inaccessible of terrain but we will equally respond to a crash in farmland to set up a cordon and protect the public from any potential hazards.

As a secondary role, they are available to assist civilian mountain rescue teams if required when walkers and climbers get into difficulty.

In both roles they work alongside the rescue helicopters of the RAF Search and Rescue Force. 22 Sqn C Flt operates out of RAF Valley also and they are often able to work together to make the most of the helicopters’ speed and lift but our ability to walk into bad weather!


Edale Mountain Rescue Team in craggy cliff sheep wrestling incident ~ Derbyshire Peak District – 040313 1145z

“It’s not uncommon for some of our teams to get requests from farmers to rescue a stranded sheep, it would appear not all the sheep are keen to see it’s rescuers!

Burbage south quarries. The team were asked for their help by a local farmer to recover a sheep stranded on a ledge halfway up the cliffs.” – Edale Mountain Rescue Team

Father and son rescued on Snowdon by RAF helicopter

Wales Air Forum

Royal Air Force Sea King (1)A father and his teenage son have been rescued high on Snowdon by an RAF helicopter.

The rescue took place at 2,200ft (671m) near Crib Goch after they had gone off a path onto a snowy ledge.

Rescuers said it was extremely cold on the peak and the pair were not dressed for the conditions.

They were winched aboard unharmed and flown down to Llanberis at the foot of the mountain.

Footprints in the snow had helped to guide the helicopter, based at Valley on Anglesey, to the pair.

A mountain rescue team had been on standby at Llanberis.

Sourced by BBC News Wales

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Lake District: Do you know this man. Find this Mountain Rescue charity box thief – 280213 2015z

Man who stole Mountain Rescue Team box caught on CCTV – Do you know him?

Man stole a mountain rescue box from The Watermill Inn and Brewery in the Lake District 26/02/2013 obviously didn’t notice the full CCTV he even stands by the cam

The police now have the full cctv version this is just a copy via mobile phone. Please pass this video around.

Crimestoppers UK

Death plunge: SAR crew may have mistakenly severed rope as they winched injured climber – claims widow – 280213 1920z

Police to probe claim that rescue helicopter crew accidentally cut rope sending climber plunging to his death

28 Feb 2013 09:00 Daily Record

(Photo: Mark Phillips died after sustaining fatal injuries whilst climbing Ben Nevis.


“WITNESSES say the search and rescue crew may have mistakenly severed a rope as they winched injured Mark Phillips aboard.

CLAIMS a rescue helicopter crew mistakenly severed a rope and sent a climber tumbling to his death were being probed by police last night.

Yesterday, 51-year-old Mark Phillipss widow Caroline told the Record: I want the truth and Mark deserves the truth.

Mark was climbing with a friend on the north face of Ben Nevis when he fell 160ft in the Raeburns Buttress area on Monday.

His fall was broken by the safety rope he was attached to and he was left lying on a steep slope.

Mark had suffered massive head injuries but was still alive when an operation began to winch him on board an RAF Lossiemouth search-and-rescue chopper.

Its understood that in the operation to winch him on board, the climbers rope was cut before he was secured to the lifting device.

Tragically, Mark then fell hundreds of feet.

His body was later recovered by a second rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet at Prestwick.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team leader John Stevenson said: This lad must have fallen 160ft at least. It was a bad fall. We think he was the lead climber because his mate was on the rope.

He saw him fall as did two other climbers in the area and he abseiled down and raised the alarm.

Accidents happen. The lad was almost at the summit and he put his axe into soft snow and fell. He was unlucky.

John Allen, a former leader of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, said that the safety rope may have been damaged in the first fall.

He said: It could already have been half-sawn through. If its been damaged, theres no way the winchman or rescue team would have been aware of that. Last night, former RAF Mountain Rescue Team leader Dave Whalley
insisted that the death was a terrible accident.

He said: These crews are incredible. It is a tragedy if it has been an accident but these guys are saving so many lives every day.

Caroline, 51, who lived with her environmental health officer husband and their son Ruaraidh in Spean Bridge, five miles north of Ben Nevis, said: We dont know thats the thing.

We have to wait and see.The thing is if people jump to conclusions, were not going to get the truth.

Its important to me to get to the bottom of it because everyones done the best
they could.

Police confirmed they were investigating Marks death.

He is the 11th person to die in the Scottish hills this winter.” – Daily Record

Irish Red Cross: Sunrise Summit Challenge – Trek Ireland’s Highest Peaks at Night on April 14th 2013 – 170213 1720z

The Irish Red Cross this week launched Sunrise Summit Challenge, a brand new charity adventure which will simultaneously take place at ten mountain locations across Ireland. The Sunrise Summit Challenge will see participants hike through the early morning darkness, of April 14th, reaching the mountain summits in time to witness the sun rise over Ireland.
The ten mountains, in Kerry, Wicklow, Tipperary, Mayo, Galway, Donegal, Waterford and Down, offer a range of exciting route types, suitable for every level of experience. From ambling treks through beautiful woodland to more challenging ascents of glacial corries and spectacular arêtes this challenge will appeal to everyone from seasoned adventurers to Sunday hikers. Each group will be guided by specially trained Irish Red Cross Mountain Guides, getting them safely through the darkness and up to the mountain peaks.

The Sunrise Summit Challenge offers a unique opportunity to take part in an unforgettable mountain adventure whilst also raising funds for the Irish Red Cross humanitarian work in Ireland and around the world.

For more information and for individuals and groups wishing to register for their place in the Sunrise Summit Challenge visit or contact the Sunrise Summit Team at /telephone 01 642 4659. The registration fee is 40 per person, and participants are asked to raise 85 sponsorship (125 total). All participants must have registered in advance of the event; registration closing date is April 8th.