Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team

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The Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team provides Search and Rescue services in and around the Scarborough and Ryedale areas of North Yorkshire, England. The team has no formal southern boundary and has carried out searches in the urban fringe areas of the East Riding of Yorkshire [1]


It was founded in 1965 as the Scarborough and District Search and Rescue Team to help rescue walkers lost or injured on the North York Moors, England. It was originally started by the North York Moors National Park voluntary rangers who saw a need to provide a service to the increasing numbers of walkers using the moors.[2] Included in this was the famous Lyke Wake Walk which attracted many thousands each year to attempt to walk its 46 miles (74 km) in less than 24 hours. In 2003 new recruits to the team were followed by a television film crew for the BBC's Inside Out programme.[3] Today the role of the team has expanded to reflect the needs of the local emergency services.


The team is a registered charity (no. 256085) and a member of North East Search and Rescue Organisation,[4] one of the regional divisions of Mountain Rescue England and Wales. The formal statement of Objectives is

Today the team has evolved into a specialist urban-fringe search group.[6]


The team performs a variety of search operations (assisting the police) and occasionally provides communications and search and rescue support for organised events. It has a base at Snainton, near Scarborough.[7] Miss England 2007, Georgia Horsley, a keen hill-walker from North Yorkshire, supported the team's appeal for funds for a specially-adapted response vehicle costing £48,000.[8]

The team experienced their busiest year in 2018 when they responded to 89 callouts. The previous record was in 2016 when they had 87 callouts with a lower demand of 79 in 2017.[9]


  1. ^ "Our Area". Retrieved 7 December 2007.
  2. ^ "40 years of sheer heroism". Gazette & Herald. 21 July 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  3. ^ "BBC turns lens on rescuers". Gazette & Herald. 3 September 2003. Retrieved 5 December 2007.
  4. ^ "North East Search and Rescue Association: links". Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Extract from the Central Register of Charities maintained by the Charity Commission for England and Wales". Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  6. ^ "Huge search for missing woman". Scarborough Evening News. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  7. ^ Staff Reporter (9 October 2007). "Open day ends with real life rescue". Scarborough Evening News. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  8. ^ "Joining forces to launch appeal to buy mountain rescue vehicle". The Northern Echo. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  9. ^ Mackie, David (2 January 2019). "Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team has busiest year ever". Gazette & Herald. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

External links

  • Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team
  • Mountain Rescue England and Wales
  • Charity Commission listing for SRMRT
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