Mountain rescue on the moors

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RESCUE helicopters swooped over the moors at the weekend and onlookers could see ‘casualties’ being plucked from the ground and winched into the RAF aircraft.

But there was no need to worry as it was a training exercise involving the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team and a Sea King 128 from ‘E’ Flight, 202 Squadron, Royal Air Force Leconfield.

The exercise concentrated on the Falcon Inn on the A171 Whitby to Scarborough road, Jugger Howe Moor and Harwood Dale Forest.

After a safety brief on working around the helicopter the mountain rescue crew were instructed in the techniques of winching people into and out of the aircraft.

Mountain rescuers and equipment were then flown into three differing sites where casualties were assessed, treated and subsequently evacuated by helicopter back to the Falcon.

Each site provided differing terrain, vegetation and working conditions and the day ended with newer team members being winched to and from the helicopter.

The Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team is a registered charity and the running costs, which are up to £30,000 per year, is supported totally from donations.

All team members are volunteers and cover an area which includes North Yorkshire and Humberside.