From K9 Search & Rescue NI:
Last weekend seen our team travel to the Carlingford area, for our monthly training with our friends and colleagues from the Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team.
This weekend was a little different whereby it wasn’t just all about the dogs. The Mountain Rescue Team had organised an exercise with the Police Service of Northern Ireland Search & Rescue Team and ourselves. To start the exercise, K9 Max was deployed to locate a missing person along with his Handler and K9 Support Operator. K9 Max very quickly made a find and the missing person was assessed by our Support Operator as assistance was requested from the MRT, PSNI SAR Team and addition K9 Support Operators. Once the casualty was treated by medics, they were stretchered off the side of the mountain.
All of the dogs in training are coming on extremely well. They all absolutely love searching and finding people, everyone of them are going to be life savers.
In light of the covid-19 pandemic, only essential personnel travelled to this training weekend, which was seen as vital, in order to keep both the K9s and personnel highly trained to continue the lifesaving work we do.
Photos courtesy of K9 Search & Rescue NI and UK-K9 Training for Excellence.
Phillip McCrory also successfully completed his pre-assessment for Live Person (Tracking/trailing) and is due to take his final assessment in Wales in April.
Welcome to Steven Bridges from K9 Search & Rescue NI who has recently registered with us for the Level 3 Cadaver Detection Course.
We have recently joined forces with Search Dogs for Lost Dogs based in Scotland. We will be involved in supporting the training of their membership for tracking and locating lost pets. Keep checking our Website for regular updates.
We conducted our final training weekend of the year in Penmaenmawr, North Wales between the 22nd and 24th November 2019. Members of Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, K9 Search & Rescue NI and K9 Scent & Search Scotland attended where instruction was provided on Cadaver Detection and Live Person Air Scenting work.
All handlers and their dogs worked extremely well in some challenging weather conditions and made excellent progress towards their chosen pathway. Here are a selection of photos taken during the session. These photos are courtesy of Mike Parsons.
Taken from K9 Search & Rescue NI who have qualified and trainee handlers working with us:
Heartbreaking end to search.
We were tasked by CGOC Belfast Coastguard this morning at 1100 to assist Kilkeel and Newcastle Coastguard Rescue teams, Kilkeel RNLI Lifeboat and PSNI Newry & Mourne in the search for a missing person.
We requested our partners from Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Teams Dog Team to assist in the search. Teaming up with Greenore Coast Guard they searched an extensive area on south side of Carlingford Lough initially.
During the search, K9 Max indicated an area of interest, leading to divers being deployed. A young male was recovered by divers, K9 Search & Rescue and Kilkeel Coastguard Rescue team into care of police.
Our thoughts and prays go out to the young mans family and friends