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 .”