Dales farmer comes to rescue after medic gets stuck in snowdrift during call-out

Volunteers at the scene. Photo: Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

A local farmer came to the rescue after medics got stuck in a snowdrift during an emergency call-out.

A member of Two Dales Community First Responders was called out to help an elderly resident in a remote location in Arkengarthdale at the weekend.

However, their car got stuck in a snowdrift more than a mile from the patient’s house and they had no mobile phone signal.

They started walking with their medical equipment but fortunately came across farmer Chris Allison, who was able to take them across fields to the farmhouse where the patient lived.

An ambulance had been called, however they could not get any further than the CB Inn.

Chris, however, used his tractor fitted with the snowplough to clear the track, which enabled volunteers from Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team in their 4x4s to get a paramedic and their own team doctor to the farmhouse.

Pete, from Two Dales Community First Responders, the responder who attended the incident described Chris as a “hero”.

“He went above and beyond to help — he was probably there more than four hours.”

The resident is understood to be recovering well.

Two Dales First Responders are always looking for volunteers to join the team and to cover Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.

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The track after it had been cleared by farmer Chris Allison. Photo: Two Dales Community First Responders.