BSARU callouts and incidents in 2021

total hours and numbers of incidents by type
Incident Type No Incidents Total Man Hours
Call Out 5 406
Stand By 1 1
Totals 6 407

BSARU Incidents 2021

list of incidents and man hours per incident"
Incident Type Date Incident Man Hours
CALL OUT 25/04/2021

The team was called out shortly after returning home from a day's training exercise to assist Police Scotland in the search for a missing person in the Grantshouse area.  

After a couple of hours searching the local area, thankfully the missing person was located safe and well.

Resources: Police helicopter, POLSA, police dog handler, local officers, 24 team members.

0 hours
CALL OUT 22/03/2021
The team was called out as part of a multi agency response for a casualty evacuation in the Lammermuir hills.
The Scottish Ambulance helicopter had initially been unable to land due to heather burning in the area so we were requested to assist with a possible stretcher carry.  Our colleagues at Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were all on scene and the helicopter had landed a short distance away on our arrival.  The casualty was air lifted to hospital.
Sadly, we learned the following day that he had died of his injuries.
Our sincere condolences to families and friends.
60 hours
CALL OUT 20/03/2021

20:04 The team was called to search for a missing hiker near Halterburn in The Cheviots.  Initial information suggested he may have travelled in the direction of Hethpool so searches were concentrated in this direction.

Meanwhile, Northumberland National Park MRT and College Valley Estate staff and local shepherds were searching the English side of the border.

Phone connection was established and from a description, searchers headed south towards Black Hag.  The missing man was located safe and well by the College Valley Estate manager and assisted down to NNPMRT's vehicle.

45 hours
CALL OUT 06/02/2021

With TVMRT already dealing with an incident in the Pentlands, Border Search and Rescue Unit was tasked with the overnight search for a missing man outside our area near Cardrona.

Whilst the valleys were clear, thigh deep drifting snow above 250m slowed the search and made the going difficult.

Following a police social media appeal for information, a possible sighting from Saturday afternoon was reported in the early hours and the search was focussed on Cardrona Forest.

With daylight, the man, who'd become lost at nightfall and sheltered in the forest, was able to get his bearings and made his own way down to the road, cold and tired.  As a precaution, he was taken by ambulance to BGH for assessment.

TVMRT had taken the reins by this point, along with BSARU members who'd been unable to attend overnight.

Agencies involved: Scottish Borders Police, Border Search and Rescue Unit, SARDA Southern Scotland, HMCG helicopter, Tweed Valley MRT, Search and Rescue Aerial Association, Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS Borders.


174 hours
CALL OUT 01/02/2021

BSARU was called out to an injured walker on North Berwick Law today. The man had slipped and taken a bad fall. Unable to move due to his injuries, the alarm was raised. BSARU, along with East Lothian Police and members of Scottish Ambulance Service, Special Operations Rescue Team, combined resources to conduct his rescue and get him safely off to hospital.

Another great example of the different teams working together.  14 BSARU Team members responded.

Wishing the casualty a speedy recovery!

54 hours
CALL OUT 27/01/2021

We were called to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service to extract a casualty from a slippy track at Pressmennan Lake in East Lothian.

Police had located the injured woman 2km from the carpark.  She had slipped and broken her ankle.  

A hasty party took in warm kit and whilst others cleared fallen branches from the track with the help of a local with a chainsaw, so the SORT vehicle could gain access. 

The casualty was then transported back to the ambulance in the carpark.

Many thanks to the folks at Woodend for their local knowledge and tree clearing skills!

15 Team members responded.

73 hours
STANDBY 21/01/2021

MISSING PERSON - Team on standby for a search at first light.

Borders Police and Tweed Valley MRT in attendance.

Sadly, a body was found during a hasty search of the last known place.

Condolences to family and friends.

1 hours


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