Mar 09 2017

River Search – Newton St Cyres

The team have spent the day searching the area around the river Creedy near to Newton St Cyres. We were continuing a search that DSRT Okehampton had started on Wednesday evening and had carried out until 0130.

Devon and Cornwall Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing elderly gentleman.

Our water specialists joined officers from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue to search the river whilst other team members provided bankside support.

Nothing has been found and the investigation continues.

A report on the search by the Crediton Courier



Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/river-search-newton-st-cyres/

Mar 09 2017

Not another helicopter story dad!

‘Not another helicopter story dad!’

Merlin helicopter training with Dartmoor Rescue

There we were in a perfect arctic huddle on a remote hill side in southern Dartmoor waiting for the aircraft. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/not-another-helicopter-story-dad/

Mar 03 2017

Missing teenager from Ivybridge

At 12:50 on Friday 3rd March the team was called to assist DSRT Plymouth with a search for a missing teenager from Ivybridge.

As the first of our search teams were starting to search farm and woodland to the north of the town, the police received information that our missing person had been located out of our search area.

The team was stood down at 14:40 allowing members to return to their day jobs.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/missing-teenager-from-ivybridge/

Feb 20 2017

60 Members from 5 Teams

The evening of Monday 20th February saw Ashburton team members join colleagues from DSRT Okehampton, DSRT Tavistock, Exmoor Search and Rescue and search dogs from Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall police were concerned for the welfare of a person believed to in an area close to Chulmleigh. At the height of the search 60 members were involved searching farm and wood land.

At 2300 as we were finishing our primary search areas we received information that the missing person had been located outside of our search area, allowing us to go home to our beds.

This callout was a great example of neighbouring teams working together, allowing large areas to be searched quickly and effectively.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/60-members-from-5-teams/

Feb 19 2017

Overdue kayakers spark River Dart search.

21:00 on Sunday 19th February the team were called by Devon and Cornwall Police due to concerns for two overdue kayakers on the upper section of the River Dart.

The pair had set off with a group from Dartmeet and after a while had decided to get out of the river and walk out to meet the rest of the group who had continued kayaking. When the pair didn’t reach the car park and darkness fell their friends alerted the police who then called the team out.

Believing the missing kayakers to be on the south bank of the river, two team members took a Land Rover upstream from New Bridge for a hasty search whilst the rest of the team prepared to carry out more thorough searches and our swift water technicians and rope experts prepared to carry out a technical evacuation if required.

5 search teams were sent to search both sides of the river. Thankfully the missing kayakers were located safe and well just before 23:00. They were walked to one of our Land Rovers and driven back to New Bridge to be reunited with their group.

An incident like this shows the importance of being prepared. It would have been dark under the trees in the valley before 1700; the missing kayakers didn’t have any torches with them so were in complete darkness for 6 hours. Thankfully it was quite a warm night.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/overdue-kayakers-spark-river-dart-search/

Feb 06 2017

Fallen Climber at Bonehill Rocks

At 15:15 on Sunday 5th February the team were called to assist the ambulance service’s HART team with a fallen climber at Bonehill Rocks.

A group had been bouldering on the rocks close to Widecombe in the Moor when one fell and injured their back.

Several team members including our two team doctors were close by and soon assisting the HART paramedics, as more team members arrived the casualty was moved to a more sheltered location and kept warm before being carried to the Devon Air Ambulance.

The team was stood down shortly after 16:00.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/fallen-climber-at-bonehill-rocks/

Nov 26 2016

Devon rescuers celebrate their 40th year saving lives

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) – 40th Anniversary celebration

This November saw the 40th Anniversary of the creation of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton). To celebrate, black ties were tied and posh frocks were worn to a formal dinner where current and, past members and their partners mingled with honoured guests from Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon Fire and Rescue Service and Dartmoor National Park. The event was held in the magnificent surroundings of the Grand Hall of the Dartington Hall Trust. The Grand Hall was first build in the 1400s and this historical location with its vaulted ceiling seemed somehow fitting to represent the endurance and resilience of the rescue team. We were extremely grateful to the Dartington Hall Trust for the donation of the use of the grand hall for this event.

Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton cleberates its 40th year of saving lives across Devon, Dartmoor and further afield with a black tie dinner at the magnificent Dartington Hall. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/devon-rescuers-celebrate-their-40th-year-saving-lives/

Oct 29 2016

Rescuing an injured walker alongside Devon Air Ambulance

Second callout of the day to assist the Devon Air Ambulance with a patient evacuation.

Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton assist Devon Air Ambulance with a casualty evacuation near Widecombe on Dartmoor

As a Devon search and rescue charity, we assist the emergency services with incidents across the county where they don’t have the equipment or resources to bring the incident to a conclusion themselves. On occasions we also assist the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) to transport patients to their aircraft in remote areas where it is difficult to land close by the accident site. Today was one such occasion when we were tasked to a young lady who had slipped on a track behind Honeybag Tor and broken her ankle. Due to the location of the incident, we were deployed to assist the air ambulance Doctor with the casualty evacuation.

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Sep 11 2016

Amazing support for team of volunteers recognised

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton’s  ‘dart2ZERO’ Supporters Club held it’s annual ‘Supporters Cream Tea’ to thank the public for all the support they give throughout the year. The day turned out to be a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon, and the team’s rescue centre was the ideal setting for tea, cake and of course scones.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/amazing-support-for-team-of-devon-volunteers-recognised/

Jul 09 2016

Difficult helicopter winch from Dart Valley

A full team callout was issued at 18:10 on Friday 8th July to assist the SW Ambulance Service with the recovery of a walker who had slipped and fallen 20m on to rocks in the Upper Dart Valley.

Team members walked from the Newbridge car park with the necessary equipment into the casualty site on river left near Bellpool Island to assist paramedics who were on site.


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