Two men have been rescued from a disused mine in Middleton-In-Teesdale

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Two men have been rescued from a disused mine in Middleton-In-Teesdale April 2021

Two men have been rescued from a disused mine in Middleton-In-Teesdale after getting into difficulty earlier this afternoon.

A total of six fire crews from Middleton-In Teesdale, Durham, Newton Aycliffe, Seaham, Consett and the Special Rescue Unit from Bishop Auckland responded to reports of two men trapped in the disused High Skears mine just before 1pm today (Friday, April, 30).

Cumbrian Ore Mines Rescue Unit, Cumbrian Mountain Rescue, Great North Air Ambulance, North East Ambulance Service HART Team were all in attendance. 

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager, Phil Innis commented: “A multi-agency plan led by Cumbrian Ore Mines Rescue Unit was implemented to reach the men who were approximately half a mile underground. Luckily, both men were rescued safely and uninjured and I’d like to thank our crews and all of the agencies involved their professionalism in what was an extremely complex rescue in challenging conditions .”

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Two men have been rescued from a disused mine in Middleton-In-Teesdale April 2021
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Two men have been rescued from a disused mine in Middleton-In-Teesdale April 2021

 

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County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) are joining forces with their local partners to help keep people safe this spring. With many lockdown restrictions being lifted and the arrival of warmer spring weather, many people are likely to be out with family and friends at waterside locations within County Durham and Darlington.  While keen for everyone to enjoy themselves, CDDFRS, Durham County Council (DCC) and Darlington Borough Council (DBC) would like to make everyone aware of the dangers when near the water as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) ‘Be water aware’ week, (26th April – 2nd May.)