Walker gets "dead body" shock during HART training exercise!
NEAS rehearse fast-flowing water rescues across the North East
A concerned walker from Stanhope almost took a funny turn after
accidently wandering into a HART training exercise in November -
and spotting what she thought was a dead body!
Catherine Porter came across what appeared to be a man's corpse
while out for a walk along the River Wear, near Stone Bridge.
Heart racing, she ran to get help, but stopped when she
heard the chatter of helicopter blades above, and the arrival of
some HART vehicles.
Catherine contacted her local paper The Weardale Gazette to tell
of the incident.
A spokeswoman for HART said: "We appreciate it must have been
quite a shock to see what she thought was a dead body while out for
a quiet, relaxing walk.
"It just goes to show how realistic these exercises are."
The Hazardous Area Response Team took part in a number of
exercises across the North East during November, involving the
serious business of emergency rescues from fast-flowing water.
Yannick Raimbault, NEAS's HART and Resilience Manager, said:
"This was a training event for new staff to qualify as Swift Water
Rescue Technician. It was part of a week long course which took
place in different locations, including Barnard Castle and Tees
"There were a variety of scenarios. For instance, at Tees
Barrage the team trained to rescue casualties from flooded vehicles
stranded in fast flowing water.
"Realistic and complex scenarios allow emergency workers to put
their training into practice - working together just as they would
do if the incident was real.
"As a result of these exercises, we will be more experienced and
better prepared for any serious incidents involving swift-flowing