BSARU callouts and incidents in 2021

total hours and numbers of incidents by type
Incident Type No Incidents Total Man Hours
Call Out 3 0
Stand By 1 1
Totals 4 1

BSARU Incidents 2021

list of incidents and man hours per incident"
Incident Type Date Incident Man 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.


0 hours
CALLOUT 01/02/2021

14:35 - BSARU was called out to an injured walker on North Berwick Law.  The man had slipped, taken a tumble, and was unable to move due to his injuries.  He was found by another walker nearly an hour later.  She raised the alarm and the team, along with East Lothian Police and members of Scottish Ambulance Special Operations Rescue Team, combined resources to conduct his rescue.

Another great example of interoperational working.

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CALLOUT 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!

0 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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