Mountain rescuers went in force to the aid of a stricken walker who fell foul of heavy mud during a woodland walk on Sunday (March 12).

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team received a request from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to help the walker who sustained what appeared to be a serious leg injury, in Newton Wood, shortly before 11.30am.

As it was relatively close to the team’s base, south of Roseberry Topping, all of the volunteers present were deployed.

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The first few groups made their way to a forward control point using the team’s two Land Rover vehicles.

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A passer-by who remained with the casualty was able to provide useful information to the rescue team’s call-out officer, relaying up-dates as to her condition and location.

Two of the team’s first members to arrive at the control point made their way on foot carrying medical equipment.

Following assessment of her injuries, they provided pain relief prior to immobilising her leg.

Once other members arrived, she was placed into a casualty bag for warmth before being carried on a rescue stretcher for approximately 500 metres and handed into the care of a waiting NEAS crew.

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The rescuers bade their good wishes to the casualty as she was then transferred to hospital.

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Team members praised the passer-by who remained with the casualty.

They also thanked everyone at nearby Aireyholme Farm for their continued support, by providing access across their land and parking space for team vehicles and the ambulance.

Nineteen team members took part in today's two-and-a-half-hour operation where the clean-up of muddy vehicles, equipment and clothing began.

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It was the tenth time the team has assisted casualties so far this year, compared to complete annual call-out figures of 61 for each of the last two years.

The team provides 24-hour search and rescue call out cover to attend casualties or assist in searches for missing peole in the northern part of the North York Moors.

It requires funding of £42,000 per year  to maintain its current level of service.