Team Member Interview: Colin the Rescue Otter!

In the 3rd of our series of Team Member Interviews, we interview team member and local celebrity Colin the Rescue Otter!

Its great to have you in the team Colin. It’s not everyday that a Mountain Rescue team can boost a real celebrity in its ranks! So, now you are settled down with your glass of Devonia Sparkling Water chilled to 7 degrees and your blue M&M’s, i’ll ask you the first question.

7th June, second call out of the day.

After finishing in the early hours of June 7th, the team were called again late that afternoon for a high risk missing person in the Berry Head area.

We were tasked to search the cliffs, the Berry and the forts together with the more inaccessible areas along the cliff tops and inland. High gusting winds and rain made the task more difficult and meant careful searching was required specially near the cliff edges, the team continued until being stood down around 21:00.

Award recognising 40 years of support for Ten Tors

Ten Tors Support – every year for 40 years!

On the Saturday afternoon during the Ten Tors event this year, history was made for one of the Dartmoor Rescue teams and in particular one of its stalwart volunteer members. Each year at Okehampton camp the military organisers recognise those organisations and volunteers who have supported the event for 10, 20 and 30 years. This year, as part of this quiet and understated presentation, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) and in particular one of their volunteers, Alec Collyer from Shaldon, were recognised for 40 years of continuous support to the Ten Tors event.Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton 40 years of supporting Ten Tors is recognised with army award.

Climber fall at Haytor

Callout – Fallen climber at Haytor.

Just as the team was settling in to its regular Wednesday evening training session, this week a water rescue briefing in the River Dart at Buckfastleigh, we were called to assist the Devon Air Ambulance with the evacuation of a climber who had fallen from Haytor.

A callout for Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton to assist Devon Air Ambulance with a climber evacuation

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.

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.

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.

 

2 bodies discovered in search for missing Torquay man

The team were called out by Devon and Cornwall Police at 16:22 today to assist in the search for missing 39 year old Torquay man who had last been seen on Saturday  (21st may) night. Around 30 of our members took part in the search in the Oddicombe / Babbacombe area of Torquay until being stood down around 22:00 this evening with no further clues or sightings of the missing man being reported.

Our Control vehicle DART02 and Landrover DART62 deployed on a callout at Babbacombe in Torquay.

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