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May 17 2017

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Overnight search on Haytor Down

At 02:15am a full team callout was issued for our volunteers to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search in the Haytor Rocks area of Dartmoor for a male in his 40’s.

Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton team member Craig checking a route on a search for a missing male at Haytor, Dartmoor

The missing male had driven to Haytor earlier in the evening. Following a reported conversation with his wife around 11pm to say he was returning home, the Police were called when he didn’t appear.

An initial Police search concentrated around Haytor as his car was found in the top Haytor car park, Fearing he may have lost his way as the area was fog bound at the time, or taken a fall from the rocks or quarries in the area, our members were deployed. Attempts to call him on his mobile phone failed as the phone appeared to be out of network coverage or turned off.

Team members searched the area of moor surrounding Haytor across to Black Hill and Hound Tor overnight with no trace found. We were stood down shortly after 08:00 when the man had been located safe and well In the Liverton area.

Our soggy team members returned home to prepare for work and to dry kit ready for the next callout.

Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton team members ready to return to their beds after a long night on a search at Haytor, Dartmoor

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It is a little known fact that volunteer Mountain rescue Teams such as Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, don’t just cover areas of mountains or wild country. We are a resource available to the Police, ambulance and fire services 24/7 and can assist in rural and urban searches as well as flood rescue.

You can read more about how Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton helps to rescue those in need, regardless of whether they are residents or visitors to Devon below:

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You can show your support for our vital service that not only rescues injured and lost walkers, but also finds vulnerable people including dementia and Alzheimers patients. If your relative went missing, who would search for them? Well rest assured our volunteers will, anytime day or night. Please click to support. Thank you.

Dartmoor Rescue relies on donations to help those in need. Become a supporter by joining dart2ZERO and help save lives. http://www.dart2zero.org.uk

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