MOUNTRAIN rescue teams were called out to assist ambulance crews with a young person who had got into difficulty swimming in a river.

The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT) were asked by the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to assist them with an incident concerning a young person who had got into difficulty while swimming in the River Pont near Darras Hall in Ponteland on July 10 just after 6pm.

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It was the second time NEAS asked for NNPMRT help that day, as at 3pm near Thrunton they were asked to help a casualty whose car had left the road.

A spokesperson for the team said: "Due to the location being some distance from a main road, Mountain Rescue were asked to respond.

"Shortly after the request was received, a NEAS crew arrived on scene and confirmed that no additional assistance was required and the individual concerned was safe.

"The incident involved five team members for eight minutes."