Apr 01 2014

Snakebites, burns, hypothermia and broken legs

Thanks to Lucy Atkins and Fi Darby – Westlands School Torquay, Outdoor Education Team who have kindly written a guest post for our blog on their recent casualty experience, along with some of their Ten Tors youngsters, during a search and rescue exercise at our team training weekend.

Sian Lyden, a pupil at Westland School Torquay takes a ride in our stretcher as part of a training wekeend search and rescue scenario
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Mar 20 2014

Returning the favour

Photo of a group of team members posing for a photo inside the Met office reception at ExeterIn early 2013 we were lucky enough to visit the Met Office HQ in Exeter. It was a highly informative visit and gave our volunteers a marvellous ‘behind the scenes’ view of the Met Office.

We were hosted on our visit by Penny Tranter of the Met Office, and in return we invited Penny to join us and observe one of our search and rescue exercises on Dartmoor. In March this year she joined us on an exercise  based near Haytor.

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Feb 28 2014

From moor to sea in aid of rescuers

A column of walkers descend from Haytor Down along the Templer WaySunday April 27th 2014 sees Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton running its popular Templer Way sponsored walk fundraiser.

The event now in its 4 year is becoming increasingly popular as participants walk the 18 miles from Haytor Quarry to Shaldon along the historic Templer Way to raise funds for the search and rescue volunteers.  The team is called out 30-40 times a year to search for the lost, missing, injured and vulnerable not just on Dartmoor but across Devon in all weathers anytime of day or night. The team of volunteers need around £15,000 of donations from the public to remain operational each year and receives no central funding from Government.

Al Pewsey the team’s Fundraising Officer said ‘Last year’s event raised over £5,000 for team funds, way beyond our most optimistic expectations. It’s a fabulous route that takes in spectacular scenery on its way from moor to sea, and we see a number of familiar faces who come back each year to enjoy it with us. Our volunteers accompany the walkers providing a great opportunity to find out more about the frequently life saving service we provide and the working of a search and rescue team whilst enjoying a fabulous walk.’

Al went on to say ‘ We are very grateful and humbled by the public support we get and we hope this year’s event will be just as successful as last year’s.’

Registrations for the event are now open via the teams website at http://dsrtashburton.org.uk/templerway It promises to be a very enjoyable day out and participants are encouraged to register early as places are limited.


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Feb 15 2014

When the rescued become rescuers

Rope team member controls the stretcher on steep groundCatherine, one of our current trainees, talks about the motivation behind her joining the team.

My motivation for joining the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team at Ashburton was directly as a result of having been on the receiving end of their professionalism and dedication, when they hauled my daughter out of the Dart gorge up very steep ground, whereas the NHS and Search & Rescue helicopters had both been unable to safely reach her.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 24 2014

Missing walker, Avon Dam with no torch, map & compass.

2nd Callout of the day

Map of Huntingdon Warren showing Heap of Sinners cairnThe second full team callout of the day was issued at 18:25 to search for a female walker who had gone for a walk around the Avon Dam Reservoir on the south moor earlier in the day and become lost.

Our mobile Control Vehicle and team members rendezvoused at Cross Furzes on the Abbots Way and were briefed on the search and individual teams sent out to comb areas where the missing walker was thought likely to be.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 09 2014

Exmouth search, body found.

A full team callout was initiated at 01:31 this morning following a request by Devon & Cornwall Police to search inland areas for a vulnerable female missing person in the Orcombe / Straight Point area of Exmouth, Devon.

Exmouth inshore lifeboat in action

Photo credit: RNLI/Emma Tarling

Police, Exmouth Coastguard, Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, the Police Helicopter and a Search and Rescue Helicopter from RMB Chivenor had already thoroughly searched the cliff tops, sea and immediate surrounding areas from Foxholes to Straight Point.

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Sep 03 2013

Difficult rescue in the Upper Dart Gorge

Lower Leg injury in difficult terrain.

landrover side viewAt 18:00 this evening we were called to assist the Westcountry Ambulance Service with the rescue of a young female casualty who had sustained a knee injury in the Upper Dart Gorge between Dartmeet and Newbridge on Dartmeet.

Access into the gorge is difficult as it is steep sided and thick with gorse and ferns. Progress can be made along the river from both Newbridge and Dartmeet, although it is slow and difficult as slippery and narrow in places, and ill advised when the river level is high. Read the rest of this entry »

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