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Oct 20 2014

Injured kayaker sparks search in upper River Dart valley

The kayakers were found just below Luckey Tor in the upper Dart valley

At 21:34 on Sunday 19th October 2014 our volunteers were called to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in the search and rescue of 2 kayakers who were overdue whilst kayaking the Upper Dart Gorge between Dartmeet and Newbridge. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/callout-20141019/

Aug 06 2014

Search for missing walker at Belstone

 

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Ashburton members consulting a map during a night search.

At 23:36 last night the team were called  to assist our North Moor colleagues with a Devon and Cornwall Police coordinated search for a missing male walker in the Belstone area on North Dartmoor. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/callout-20140805/

Aug 04 2014

More ways to donate on Virgin Money Giving

We are delighted to say that the online options for donating to the team has just increased as we are now registered with Virgin Money Giving to make donating online even easier.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton is registered on Virgin Money Giving. Why not donate to the team online?

Virgin Money Giving is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and is dedicated to helping charities like us raise as much money as possible, taking just 2% from each donation to cover operating costs. The service automatically claims Gift Aid on donations on our behalf free of charge to make the donations go even further Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/virgingiving/

Jul 27 2014

Quadcopters trialed in search and rescue

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton completed some trial using quadcopters, sometimes called drones.On the 18th July 2014 at Coldeast Cross in the Dartmoor National Park, we conducted some trials on the use of quadcopters in search and rescue.

The trials were aimed at finding how useful they could be and what the pro’s and con’s are in using them on some searches. It was a very useful evening and threw up some interesting debate.

Video footage captured on the quadcopter onboard Go-Pro HD cameras is shown below.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/drone-trials/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/trainingwkend-032014/

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 »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/blog-20140214/

Jan 24 2014

Missing walker, Avon Dam with no torch, map or 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 »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/callout-20140124a/

Sep 19 2013

Steep Ground Training

Climbing karabiners and bug belay deviceWe train every week throughout the year and this week’s training took us to Bench Tor on the edge of the steep Upper River Dart Gorge on Dartmoor and a session on belay systems organised by our Rope Team.

 

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/steep-ground-training/