Incidents attended by BSARU in 2019

total hours and numbers of incidents by type
Incident Type No Incidents Total Man Hours
Call Out 13 772
Event Incident 4 23
Totals 17 795

BSARU Incidents 2019

list of incidents and man hours per incident"
Incident Type Date Incident Man Hours
CALL OUT 24/09/2019

The team were called to respond to a male in his 20s who had suffered an ankle injury whilst walking the final section of the Pennine Way.

His father called for assistance after his son could no longer continue and nightfall was setting in. The weather has also started to deteriorate with strong winds, rain and low cloud moving in.

The pair were soon found thanks to an accurate grid reference given by the father. Both were cold and exhausted. Due to the nature of the injury, the son was packaged onto a stretcher and carried over 4km back along the Pennine way to a vehicle.

The team was stood down at 03:30 this morning.

We wish both casualties a speedy recovery and hope that one day they head back to complete their journey along the Pennine Way.

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue were also called due to the location of the incident.

15 BSARU team members logged 100 hours for this incident.

100 hours
CALL OUT 01/09/2019

Team were called out at 0524hrs by Police Scotland to help look for a missing person with dementia in the Gordon area. 12 team members searched surrounding woodlands and tracks, and the lady was fortunately found safe and well outwith our search area by a member of the public. 

63 hours
CALL OUT 27/07/2019

The team were called out at 19:37hrs on Saturday night by Police Scotland to assist Coastguard and other agencies in a search for a high risk missing person at Tyninghame Beach. The team were stood down as they were travelling to the locus as the person was found safe and well. 8 team members responded.

9 hours
CALL OUT 20/07/2019

The team were put on Standby at 8pm and subsequently called out at 9pm to assist Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team in searching for a high risk casualty in the Innerleithen area.  The Missing person located at around 23:30 by friends who were also out searching. Thanks to  SARDA Southern ScotlandSearch & Rescue Dog Association (Scotland) and Search & Rescue Aerial Association - Scotland who also assisted. In total 39 Volunteer Mountain Rescue personnel, 2 Search Dogs and a Search & Rescue Drone were involved in this search along with Police Scotland Officers.

64 hours

Team members who were providing first aid cover for the Kelso to Kirk Yetholm Rideout were on scene to help a fallen rider on Linton Hill who had suspected spinal and head injuries. They made the casualty comfortable and transported him to a waiting ambulance at the roadside. 4 team members were involved.

4 hours
CALL OUT 14/07/2019

The team were called out after a day of providing first aid cover to the Kelso Rideouts to assist the Ambulance Service in recovering a casualty trapped in water near Stichill. 13 team members were involved. 

19 hours
CALL OUT 02/06/2019

The team were called out at 3.03am this morning to search for a missing vulnerable woman in Binning Woods, where her car had been found. Police and Police search dogs were also present, and were later joined by the Coastguard. Our team stood down at 1700 hours (Other team members had also been providing first aid cover for the Yetholm Hill Race that afternoon), and Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team took over searching with 2 search dogs. Police eventually found a body at 1915hrs.  Our thoughts are with her relatives and friends. 13 team members were involved.

137 hours

A runner in the Cheviot Trails Marathon became unwell towards the end of the race and 4 team members helped her back to Yetholm. We wish her a speedy recovery!

4 hours
CALL OUT 07/05/2019

A brief callout for us to assist ambulance, police and coastguard personnel in the search for a casualty at Tyninghame. The person was located by local coastguard members as BSARU was en route and we were stood down. 

17 team members responded.

15 hours
CALL OUT 13/04/2019

Overnight, the team was called by East Lothian Police to assist in a multi-agency response to rescue a man who'd fallen on crags at North Berwick Law.
Two friends had gone to his assistance and were stuck with the casualty in a precarious position.
Accessing the casualty from below proved difficult so local team members abseiled to secure the casualty as a Scottish Ambulance Service paramedic treated him and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service rigged for a technical rescue. 
The friends were safely escorted down the hill then the Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter winched the casualty on board.
Daylight had arrived by the time we got back to the vehicles.
North Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team and other coastguard colleagues were also in attendance.

9 Team members were involved.

52 hours
CALL OUT 04/04/2019

The team were called again, alongside Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue TeamSARDA Southern Scotland & Search & Rescue Dog Association (Scotland) , to assist Midlothian Police with the ongoing search for missing Dalkeith man Ross Taylor. 14 team members searched until dark around Vogrie Park following a further report of a sighting in that area.

Sadly his body was found the next day in a wooded area near to Crichton Castle in Pathhead, outwith our search areas. Our sympathies are with his family. 

130 hours
CALL OUT 01/04/2019

The the team were called this morning, alongside Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue TeamSARDA (Southern Scotland) & Search & Rescue Aerial Association - Scotland to assist Midlothian Police with the search for missing person Ross Taylor, from Dalkeith.
15 team members were tasked with searching woodland around the Newbattle area.

109 hours
CALL OUT 21/03/2019

The the team were called this evening to assist Scottish Ambulance Service with an awkward extraction of an injured mountain biker through woodland and over a narrow bridge. 12 Team members responded.

We hope the casualty makes a quick recovery and is back on his bike soon.

32 hours

The team assisted two casualties from the Deerstalker Hill Race in Innerleithen while providing first aid cover for the event, involving 9 team members. 

8 hours
CALL OUT 23/02/2019

The team were initially called out to assist with a family reported lost in Wauchope Forest. This incident was not in our area of coverage, so was passed to our neighbouring team Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team as they would be able to respond more quickly, with the offer of our assistance if required. 2 team members were involved.

1 hours
CALL OUT 11/02/2019

The team were called this evening to assist Police with a search for a missing person in the Haddington area.

We are please to report that the person has been found safe and well.

The incident involved 11 team members.

41 hours

The team were providing first aid cover for the Pentland Hill Race, where 5 team members evacuated an injured runner by landrover to the main road where he was picked up by the Ambulance Service. 

7 hours


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