Posted: Fri 15th May 2015

Thieves steal mountain rescue Doctor’s vital equipment hours after Moel Famau rescue

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, May 15th, 2015

North East Wales Search And Rescue is appealing for information after vital equipment used by the team was stolen hours after taking part in this rescue on Moel Famau.

The NEWSAR team were called out on Thursday 14th May, to help the Welsh Ambulance Service with a casualty on Moel Famau.

A lady had suffered a ‘significant lower leg injury’ and needed evacuation off the hill to hospital.

Team members worked with a Welsh Ambulance Service crew who had reached the location on foot.

She was carried uphill to a flat landing site so she could be evacuated by the Air Ambulance.

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Picture: NEWSAR

Hours after the rescue volunteer team member Dr Tom Beach had his vehicle broken into outside his home address in Wavertree, Liverpool. and his rucksack and first aid kit, both full of vital lifesaving equipment worth over £1300, stolen.

Dr Beach had his rucksack and first aid kit, both full of vital lifesaving equipment worth over £1300, stolen.

Whilst some of the items are standard mountaineering gear such as a climbing harness and head torch the kit is marked with mountain rescue logo’s and livery, it includes a Munro Jacket, Fitzroy jacket, Petzl helmet, first aid kits and their contents.

A NEWSAR spokesperson said:

“Until this equipment is replaced, Tom, one of the Doctors on the team, may be unable to attend call.

This means that casualties, such as the lady Tom assisted on Moel Famau on Thursday, may be put at risk.”

NEWSAR are asking that anyone who has information about the theft or knows the whereabouts of the stolen kit, to contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The full list of stolen equipment is here:

Rucksack:
1. Munro Jacket
2. Blizzard bag
3. Group shelter
4. Harness
5. Belay gloves
6. First aid kit
7. Nalgene
8. Gloves
9. Hat
10. Sallopettes
11. Fitzroy jacket
12. Summer waterproof jacket
13. Helmet
14. Penknife
15. Head torch
16. Compass
17. Batteries
18. P14 torch
19. Small torch on strap
20. Spare radio battery
21. Safety glasses
22. Dry bags

23. Rucksack

First aid kit:

1. Pax bag
2. Cannulas
3. Sharps bin
4. Dextrose
5. Chest seal
6. Celox
7. Trauma dressings
8. Plasters
9. Sutures
10. CAT tourniquet
11. Tape
12. Drugs
13. Syringes & needles
14. Cling film
15. Glucose gel

As all team members are volunteers and we receive very little funding from government, unless the kit can be found, we will have to raise the money to replace it.  Any one wishing to help us do that can make a donation here – http://newsar.org.uk/fundraising/donation/.

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