January has so far been a busy month for Penrith Mountain Rescue Team with seven callouts and winter training in Scotland. Two of these callouts were this weekend.

The first of these, on Saturday, was to assist the Police in a search for a missing person from Carlisle. The Team and search dogs checked various woods in the Brampton area. Sixteen Team members and six search dogs were involved for four hours.

The second, was to rescue a female who had fallen from a horse at Wetheriggs, near Penrith. She had injured her back. The Team assisted the Beep Doctor in immobilising the casualty by placing her in a vacuum mattress and transporting her to a Team Landrover, and driving her to the road and an awaiting ambulance. Six Team members were involved for one and a half hours.

Team Leader, Mike Hill said "Hopefully things will quieten down, Team members are all volunteers and it can be quite difficult for members to balance Team commitments with work and family life".

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