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Members of Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, Border Search and Rescue Unit, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team were called to assist a group of 10 walkers in the Cheviot Hills who began to suffer symptoms of Hypothermia during a day's walk. An HMCG Rescue Helicopter was also involved but couldn't reach the casualty site due to the weather. Teams faced waist deep snow at times, and a very cold biting wind. Two helpful farmers drove equipment up to the Border Ridge in buggies. All Teams were stood down at around midnight once all casualties had been evacuated off the hill.
Border Search and Rescue team members had just completed a full weekend's winter skills training in the Cairngorms, and drove straight to the scene from there!
The team was on standby to assist East Lothian police with the search for a dog walker, lost in woods near Tynninghame. He had become disorientated when darkness fell but his shouts were heard by police on scene and he was found safe and well. 3 local team members were deployed.