Incidents attended by BSARU in 2020

total hours and numbers of incidents by type
Incident Type No Incidents Total Man Hours
Call Out 4 429
Stand By 2 38
Totals 6 467

BSARU Incidents 2020

list of incidents and man hours per incident"
Incident Type Date Incident Man Hours
STAND BY 10/03/2020

The team were put on standby for a possible body recovery in the Kelso area. They were stood down when it was found to be a hoax call. 

5 hours
CALL OUT 07/03/2020

The team were further called out, along with  Borders Water Rescue Team, SARDA specialist dogs and the Police Marine Unit to search the riverside and islands for the missing person in the callout earlier this week, now that the water levels had dropped and the water was clearer. Despite a full day's searching by 17 team members plus other agencies, nothing was found. 

190 hours
CALL OUT 03/03/2020

The team were called out at Lunchtime to search for a missing person who had not been seen since the early hours of Saturday morning. With the help of the  Borders Water Rescue Team we searched the banks of the River Tweed, the levels of which were still very high due to recent rain, and woodlands. 15 team members turned out.

106 hours
CALL OUT 22/02/2020

While most of the team were up at Glenshee for their annual Winter Skills training weekend, 5 remaining team members were called on at 5am in the morning to assist Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team to respond to a report that someone may have fallen in the River Tweed. This was part of a large multiagency response with Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R199, Lothians & Scottish Borders Police DivisionScottish Fire and Rescue ServiceBorders Water Rescue Team all involved in search activity. Searches were made of the riverbank in difficult spate conditions but were stood down later in the day. Sadly a body was found on 3rd March and recovered by Borders Water Rescue Team

6 hours
CALL OUT 18/02/2020

We were called shortly after 1pm by Police Scotland to assist with the search for a missing person in the Sprouston area. Borders Water Rescue Team we also called to help search along the river Tweed.

We are pleased to have been stood down at 7.30pm after the person returned home safely.  21 team members responded.

A huge thank you to Sainsbury's Kelso for supplying us with sandwiches and snacks to keep us fuelled throughout the search!

127 hours
STAND BY 18/01/2020

The team were put on standby to possibly assist Northumberland National Park MRT and  North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team for a collapsed racer in the final stages of the Montane Spine Race. The competitor was located in one of the most remote parts of the Pennine Way on Score Head north of King’s Seat.

The Spine Race safety team made their way from the Auchope shelter to the competitor’s location. The competitor was treated by an event Paramedic and one of the Team’s Doctors before being carried off the hill on a stretcher by Northumberland National Park MRT to their vehicles located in the forest north of Uswayford.

33 hours


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