Spalding man joins rescue team in Nepal

Adam Turner setting off to Nepal. ANL-150427-130226001
Adam Turner setting off to Nepal. ANL-150427-130226001
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A 22-year-old Spalding man is part of a 16-strong team flown out to support the humanitarian rescue effort following the Nepal earthquake.

Adam Turner was yesterday 
in Delhi, India, waiting for a flight in the final leg of his 
journey.

His father, Kevin, spoke to the Lincolnshire Free Press shortly after a telephone conversation with Adam.

He said: “We are proud and very anxious.

“But Adam is confident and capable and among people who have already been part of rescue efforts such as the earthquake in Haiti.”

Adam will be part of a fully trained team of rescue technitions from the charity Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (S.A.R.A.I.D).

The team are taking 1½ tonnes of the latest rescue equipment to Kathmandu, including sound and vibration detection equipment, as well as specialised search cameras to help locate victims trapped under buildings and cutting equipment to help tunnel into collapsed buildings to rescue them.

In addition, they will carry stretchers and medical kit, ropes, generators, tents, satellite communications and their own food, to ensure they are not a strain on local resources.

Adam, who works for Cotswolds Outdoors, has spent one weekend per month for the past 18 months training and passed a rigorous week-long exercise where he put everything he had been taught into practice and became an Operational Team member.

He is also one of the “magnificent seven” First Responders for LIVES who raised more than £10,000 for their live-saving charity by walking more than 100 miles from the Humber Bridge to Stamford.

Kevin said: “Adam has been a First Responder on his own for a good while now so he will know what to expect.”

SARAID is staffed entirely by volunteers and funded soley by public donations.

It is on call 365 days a year and ready to provide search and rescue personnel free of charge to any country in the world in need of assistance.

Officials have warned that the number of casualties could rise as rescue teams reach remote mountainous areas of western Nepal.

Initial reports suggest that many communities, especially those close to mountainsides, suffered significant quake damage.

The Gurkha Oven in Spalding is already planning a charity evening for Monday to help raise funds for the victims and relief effort.

Free Press readers can support the work of SARAID by visiting its JustGiving page at http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/saraid/nepalearthquake