BSARU callouts and incidents in 2021

total hours and numbers of incidents by type
Incident Type No Incidents Total Man Hours
Call Out 11 522
Stand By 1 1
Totals 12 523

BSARU Incidents 2021

list of incidents and man hours per incident"
Incident Type Date Incident Man Hours
CALL OUT 23/07/2021

Injured mountain biker in woods near to Clovenfords.  We assisted TVMRT as there were two callouts in their area within 10 minutes of each other.

0 hours
CALL OUT 23/07/2021

Injured walker in the Pentlands. We assisted TVMRT as there were two callouts in their area within 10 minutes of each other.

0 hours
CALL OUT 02/07/2021

A very short time between callout and stand down messages as a missing person was found by police soon after we'd been alerted.

2 hours
CALL OUT 19/06/2021

We were called to assist Scottish Ambulance Service with a casualty who'd collapsed whilst hill walking near Morebattle.

Sadly the woman passed away at the scene. Sincere condolences to family and friends. 

31 hours
CALL OUT 27/05/2021
A walker on the Pennine Way had slipped and injured their ankle on steep ground below Auchope Cairn.
The team assembled and a hasty party was taken by landrover up the hill to near Auchope Refuge Hut from the Bowmont valley.
Team members then set off on foot to attend to the casualty while the vehicle went back to collect more team members and equipment.  NNPMRT also had a couple of team members in attendance via the College valley.
The casualty was stretchered to the waiting Landrover at Auchope Refuge Hut, and taken to Borders General Hospital.
51 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.

83 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.
64 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 07/02/2021

A continuation of the previous night's search.  See incident of 6th Feb for information.

28 hours
CALL OUT 06/02/2021
A callout outwith our area as Tweed Valley MRT was fully committed to another incident in the Pentland Hills.
We were tasked with the search for a missing person in the Innerleithen area.
BSARU searched overnight alongside HM Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R199 and Police Scotland officers in challenging, sometimes thigh deep drifting snow but unfortunately no trace of the missing person was found.
Due to a social media appeal by police, new search areas were identified following a confirmed sighting of the missing person in the late afternoon - this crucial information meant we had to redeploy team members to the other side of the valley - challenging to do whilst keeping in mind covid-19 protocols.  Despite the move to a new area, nothing was found overnight.
The following morning, TVMRT and members of BSARU who hadn't bee able to attend the previous night took over the search.
Shortly before 09:30 we heard the excellent news that the missing person had been located, cold but well, having spent the night in the open. MRT were sent to meet the missing person to provide immediate first aid until the Ambulance service arrived.
Thanks also to Search & Rescue Aerial Association - Scotland and SARDA Southern Scotland who had drone and dog resources on route to assist had the search needed to have been continued.
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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