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    Callouts 2014

    DSRT - Ashburton

    DSRT - Ashburton

    Saturday, 08 September 2012 13:08

    Callout: Totnes

    The team were called out at 11:20 to assist Police with a search for a missing male in Totnes on Saturday, searching woodland around the area. We managed to turn out around 15 from the team plus cover the Moor 2 Sea cycle race at Ashburton. The team searched throughout the day and were stood down at 18:57

    Tuesday, 11 September 2012 13:06

    Callout: Widecombe Fair

    The team were called at 17:54 to search for a missing 67 year old male who had gone missing around midday at the famous Widecombe Fair. Team members were deployed and had began searching. Shortly afterwards the man was located at his home.

    Thursday, 04 October 2012 13:01

    Callout: Lost jogger at Spurrels Cross

    The team were called out on the 4th October to pick up a very cold and lost jogger at around 10pm near Spurrels Cross. He was located using an app that pinpointed him using the GPS functionality on his mobile. He was very happy to see a small band of Police & Team members

    Saturday, 03 November 2012 11:51

    Callout: Norsworthy/Down Tor

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    Callout 3 Nov 2012 – Norsworthy/Down Tor

    Members from Ashburton joined colleagues in DSRT Tavistock and DSRT Plymouth on a callout to Down Tor on early on Saturday evening the 3rd November.

    The callout during the Group Training Weekend was raised when a male walker sustained a lower leg injury whilst out walking around Down Tor. He was being attended by a paramedic from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust who needed assistance from Dartmoor Rescue to evacuate the casualty about a 1Km to the waiting ambulance at Norsworthy Bridge.

    A tricky stretcher carry on slippery and in places muddy terrain with various stone wall obstacles was successfully negotiated by members from all the 3 teams involved working seemlessly together.

    A happy outcome and we wish the gentleman involved a very speedy recovery.

    UPDATE: The gentleman concerned is part of the Plymouth Civic Society and he wrote a very nice piece about his experience that he posted on the society’s website. http://www.plymouthcivicsociety.co.uk/

    The piece is copied below:

    DARTMOOR HEROES

    Concerned as we are with civic matters, we don’t very often appreciate those volunteer civic organisations that provide life saving services. This webmaster has cause to be thankful to the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Group who came to his aid after suffering a broken ankle while climbing Down Tor near Burrator.

    Failing light and wrong footwear had led to catastrophic consequences but a 999 call brought a paramedic from Tavistock who located me in the rain and darkness with the help of my wife. Further calls to the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Group found all four rescue teams (Ashburton, Plymouth, Tavistock and Okehampton) on a training weekend in Okehampton. All four teams came to Burrator, some 35 persons in all including the paramedic and ambulance crew from Derriford. We must have made a strange sight – the bright helmet lights in the darkness surrounding the stretcher relaying me through the scree and mud to safety, and eventually on to Derriford Hospital.

    In all, a humbling experience and my gratitude to all concerned.

    The gentleman concerned also route to the Dartmoor Rescue group secretary expressing his gratitude. The letter can be found at the following link: http://79.170.40.241/dsrtashburton.org.uk/always-nice-to…ve-a-thank-you/

    Monday, 24 December 2012 11:48

    Callout – Challacombe Cross

    We were called out at 0245 today 24th Dec to search for a missing person after Police received reports of a road traffic collision on Dartmoor near Challacombe Cross (between Moretonhampstead and the Warren House Inn), but were unable to locate the driver.

    Wednesday, 14 December 2011 11:07

    Callout: Galmpton

    The team were called at 23:00 to search for a missing elderly man in the Galmpton area of South Devon. Team members searched throughout the night in gale force winds before handing over to Plymouth colleagues to continue the search. The gentleman was found by a dog team from SARDA SW and was unfortunately deceased.

    Our condolances are with the family.

    A report from www.thisissdevon.co.uk dated Thursday December 22nd reported on the event as follows:

    “AN extensive search and rescue operation for a missing Kingsbridge man was called off after his body was found at an isolated spot near his home.

    Police grew concerned for the welfare of 86-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer Bernard Swann who had been missing for several days from home in the Coombe Park area of Galmpton, near Kingsbridge.

    The police helicopter, coastguards and the Dartmoor Rescue Group were involved in an extensive search of the Kingsbridge area and coast.

    The two-day search was called off on Friday, December 16, after the body of Mr Swann, who was not able to walk long distances, was found near his home.

    Next of kin were informed and police were awaiting formal identification.”

    Monday, 26 December 2011 11:06

    Callout: Ashton

    Team called out to a missing person in the Lower Ashton area of Haldon Forest in the Teign Valley. Missing person located with assistance of helicopter and taken to hospital.

    2011 Incident Archive

    An archive on the incidents that the team were called to during 2011

    This post includes a table of all the callouts the team responded to in 2011

    2011 Incidents (23 callouts)

    A list of Incidents that the team were called out to during 2011

    Incident LocationDateDetails
    Hillhead Farm 05/01/2011  
      15/01/2011  
    Teignmouth 01/03/2011  
    Cullompton 09/04/2011  
    Bel Tor 23/04/2011  
    Saltram House, Plymouth 09/05/2011 Assistance to DSRt Plymouth with missing vulnerable female
    Fernworthy 28/05/2011 Missing partygoer, found deceased a few weeks later
    Haytor 24/06/2011  
    Dartington 24/06/2011 Missing 13 year old boy found in South Brent shortly after callout initiated
    Brimpts Farm 19/07/2011  
    Kenton 19/07/2011 Missing vulnerable female
    Harford 25/07/2011 Missing elderly walker who eventually turned up at Princetown
    Dartmouth 12/08/2011  
    Kingswear 23/08/2011 Missing depressed alcoholic male, turned up at Dartmouth Hospital
    Woolacombe 30/09/2011 Assist Okehampton and Exmoor SaR teams for elderly tourist with dimentia. Found deceased much later on
    Chudleigh 01/10/2011  
    Dartmoor 02/10/2011  
    Hound Tor 04/10/2011 Missing dog walker?
    Chudleigh 06/11/2011 Missing person showed up shortly after callout initiated
    Hound Tor 13/11/2011 Missing dog walker
    Powderham 02/12/2011  
    Galmpton, Hope Cove 14/12/2011 Missing elderly male with dimentia. Found deceased by search dog team
    Lower Ashton 26/12/2011 Missing young vulnerable make. Located by Seaking helicopter from RAF Chivenor

    A full team callout was initiated at 20:51 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police, as well as Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, in the search for a vulnerable teenager who had been missing in the Newton Abbot area since mid afternoon. Due to the deteriorating weather forecast, torrential rain, winds and swollen rivers, a coordinated search was put into action quickly in an effort to locate missing person before conditions deteriorated further.

    Around midnight, the missing person was found by one of our team members, safe and well and the search was brought to a successful close.

    We would like to thank all our volunteers for turning out to search for the individual on what was a a very wet and windy night.

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    On Thursday January 2nd, Noss Mayo teenager Harry Martin left his home on foot and it is thought he was going out to take photographs. He was last seen walking in the direction of the coastal path near to his home around noon he hasn’t been reported as seen since.

    Police, Coastguard, our colleagues in the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team at Plymouth and the Plymouth Lifeboat conducted extensive searches around the coast and inland in the area. The police helicopter and RNAS Culdrose helicopter were also involved in the search. On Saturday the 4th, it was reported that over 100 people from the local community also assisted in the search along side the emergency services and professional search and rescue teams.

    On Sunday 5th January our volunteers were tasked to assist with this search that had been ongoing since he was reported missing.

    It was a long day starting at 9am for our teams searching in difficult weather conditions. Our last team returned to the search control at just before 6pm and were been stood down for the night. Our teams were tasked by Devon and Cornwall Police to search inland areas around Noss Mayo, Bridgend and Membland where Harry’s family live. This included farmland as well as copse and woodlands that were quite difficult to penetrate in areas. Unfortunately no indication of what has happened to Harry was forthcoming during our search.

    We would just like to thank the ladies of the WRVS who provided refreshments for all involved in the search throughout the day. Thank you ladies, your efforts were very much appreciated.

    INCIDENT UPDATE 16/01/2014

    Police have confirmed that a body found in the sea at Noss Mayo on 11 January was that of missing teenager Harry Martin. Police, partner agencies and members of the public were involved in extensive searches of the area and the body of a man was found at Carswell Bay just after 10am on Saturday 11th.

    Formal identification took place yesterday and Harry’s family has been informed.

    An inquest is due to open on Monday 20th January..

    Press Reports

    The incident has been extensively reported by the media and links to some of the reports are included below.

    BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25611454

    Torquay Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/LIVE-UPDATE-Brixham-Coastguards-search-missing/story-20397565-detail/story.html

    RNLI Video – Lifeboat searching in rough seas

    Callout Photos

    Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:19

    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

     

    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.

    Our initial search with our colleagues from North Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team didn’t locate the individual and we were tasked to complete a low-tide shoreline search where a body was discovered at the foot of cliffs at 05:30 in a location that was totally inaccessible by any Search and Rescue asset the previous night.

    Exmouth Coastguard Officers were re-tasked to assist us with the recovery.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family and Friends of the deceased at this very sad and difficult time.

    Press Reports

    Exeter Express and Echo: http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/BREAKING-Woman-30s-dead-base-cliffs-Exmouth/story-20422272-detail/story.html

    Exmouth Journal: http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/woman_found_dead_at_orcombe_point_1_3190154

    Friday, 24 January 2014 10:17

    Missing elderly male, Torquay

    A full team callout was issued this morning at 05:50 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a vulnerable elderly male in Torquay. Shortly after the callout text was issued, the male was located by a member of the public before the team were deployed.

    Thanks to all our volunteers who left their beds and attended.

    The 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.

    A quick find and safe evacuation was made possible by one of our senior team members who having spoken to the casualty on the phone. identified her most likely position thereby allowing the control team to deploy assets to the appropriate area. Our volunteers found the missing lady safe and well at the Heap of Sinners cairn on Huntingdon Warren.

    Apart from being a little cold and wet, she was otherwise unharmed by the experience and was walked to our Land Rover and driven off the moor. The lady was extremely grateful for our assistance having gone out on a stroll without a map, compass or torch.

    Thanks to all our volunteers who attended and brought the incident to a successful close.

    Thanks to our colleagues at Plymouth and a search dog who were put on standby for the callout but were fortunately not required.

    Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:13

    Callout to investigate flares

    Shortly after 8:30 this morning the team was notified of flares having been seen in the Kestor / Gidliegh Park area of North East Dartmoor. The team was called out along with our colleagues from North Dartmoor SRT to investigate.

    On arrival, the source of the flares became very apparent. The Royal Marines were out on training. Team then stood down and back to our day jobs.

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    The team were called at 19:16 on Friday February 7th 2014 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing person who had been reported missing earlier in the day from the Totnes area.

    The circumstances including the weather conditions and state of the River Dart, gave cause to our Duty Search Manager to issue the callout request to our 60 volunteers despite the heavy rain and strong winds predicted.

    Our volunteers rendezvoused at Totnes Police Station and shortly after were stood down when further intelligence indicated that the missing lady was safe and well.

    Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:07

    Missing kayaker overdue on The Dart

     

    Overdue kayaker, Upper Dart Gorge.

    water team at night

    At 19:22 on Tuesday 11th February, the team were called out to assist in the search for a missing kayaker who was missing whilst kayaking the Upper Dart downstream from Dartmeet.

    Fortunately, whilst our volunteers were on their way to the rendeavous at Dartmeet, the kayaker was found safe and well at Holne Bridge.

    Team stood down at 19:44

    Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:59

    Callout for missing 8 year old girl

    landrover

    The team were called along with our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, to assist the Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing 8 year old girl.

    The girl had gone missing whilst on a walk with her family on the Meldon Hill area near Chagford. Fortunately, the girl was found by Police shortly after and we were stood down whilst on our way to the callout location.

    Saturday, 01 March 2014 09:57

    Helimed evacuation after collapse

    Abbots Way land rover

    The team were called out to a female who had collapsed on the south moor at lunchtime today. The walker was evacuated by helimed whilst the team was on route.

    vehicle sideA body has been found by search teams looking for missing Plymouth man around midday today.
     
    The team were called out by the Police this morning to assist in the ongoing search for a missing Plymouth man. Police, the Police helicopter and volunteers from a number of Dartmoor Search and Rescue teams including Ashburton, were searching the area around Burrator reservoir after the missing man’s car was found there.
     
    The man was reported missing to police on Sunday at around 7.15pm.
     
    The family have been informed and formal ID will take place in due course. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared on behalf of the coroner.
     
    Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family.

    Press Reports

    Plymouth Evening Herald: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Police-concerned-missing-Plymstock-man/story-20818902-detail/story.html#ixzz2wJHJhEib

    At 18:45 yesterday the team was asked to search for a male in his 20’s reported to be in a ‘distressed state’ in the university area of Exeter.

    30+ members of North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) and 2 SARDA search dog attended and after nearly 5 hours of searching, nothing was found.

    The police are continuing their inquiries and have launched an appeal

    Police in Exeter have issued an appeal to the public in a bid to trace and identify a man who was seen in a distressed state in the city. Officers attended Streatham Drive at around 3.30pm yesterday, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 after receiving a report regarding a man who was in tears at the fishpond in the university grounds.

    The man in question was not wearing any shoes and was noticed to have a mark around his neck. Officers have not been able to trace or identify the man and are concerned for his welfare. He is described as being in his 20s, around 5ft 10in tall, of medium to thin build, unshaven and with short curly hair. He was wearing a green jacket and green trousers which were rolled up to the top of his ankles.

    Anyone who may know the identity of this man is asked to contact the Police on 101, quoting log number 0449.14.

    Devon and Cornwall Police News Appeal. http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/NewsAppeals/15120

    The team were called out at 02:17 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a vulnerable elderly missing person in the Ilsington, Dartmoor area. The lady was found safe and well and the team stood down at 05:36 and it was off to the day jobs for our volunteers.

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    Sunday, 13 April 2014 09:46

    Concern for vulnerable missing male.

    The team were called out at 19:15 on Friday April 12th by Devon and Cornwall Police to assist in the search for a high risk missing male.

    Our Mountain rescue Landrover DART52 at Teignmouth Golf Course

    The Police received a call from the individual in the early hours of Saturday April 13th morning asking for help. The Police Helicopter located him (and his mountain bike) in a field near Silverton in East Devon, and airlifted him to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital where he is recovering.

    Dartmoor Rescue team members preparing to leave on a search at Teignmouth Golf Course Devon

    Dartmoor Rescue team members preparing to leave on a search at Teignmouth Golf Course Devon

    Police and our control vehicle at Mincinglake Park, Exeter during a callout looking for a missing female

    The team were called out today shortly after 3pm to assist our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team with a search for a missing female in Exeter. Team members were deployed to search areas around Mincinglake Park. Fortunately further Police Intelligence received meant the lady was found and the team was stood down around 8:15pm.

     

    Its been a busy weekend for our volunteers working hard at the Dartmoor Classic and many traveling straight to the Callout. We’d like to thank them and their families for the amazing support and enthusiasm that they continue to bring to the team.

    Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:38

    Multi agency response to Stoke Gabriel

    Landrover Ambulanc with a Police car behind that is semi obscured

    A full Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton callout was issued at 19:12 on the 29th July 2014 to assist in a search for a missing female in the vicinity of Stoke Gabriel on the River Dart.

    A multi agency response had been issued by Devon and Cornwall Police that included our volunteers alongside Police officers, the Police helicopter, HM Coastguard and a Inshore RNLI Lifeboat. The Police were concerned for the safety of a female in her 50’s who it was believed had gone for a walk during the morning the previous day and not returned.

    Our duty Search Manager, in consultation with the Police Lost Person Search Manager (LPSM), coordinated our response and assigned 3 teams of our volunteers to search areas around Stoke Gabriel. Around 10pm a team of our volunteers searching an area to the North West of Stoke Gabriel on the banks of The Dart, heard a voice calling for help from the opposite bank approximately 100 metres away. The identity of the missing lady was confirmed and another DSRT team was directed to her location through difficult terrain where a team Doctor assessed her condition.

    Due to her isolated location that was difficult to reach by foot, Coastguard and an RNLI inshore Lifeboat was called to assist and she was evacuated by boat, accompanied by a Team Doctor, to a waiting land ambulance at a landing point at Kingswear.

    An Ashburton team spokesman said ‘We are delighted the lady has been found following a lot of hard work by all agencies involved. Due to the difficult terrain around her location, all agencies worked together to affect an efficient evacuation. It’s on searches like this that inter-agency team working is essential to a successful outcome, and this was displayed perfectly this evening’.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton is a voluntary organisation of 60 members who are on call 24×365 to assist in search and rescue of the missing, lost, injured and vulnerable on Dartmoor and across Devon including urban areas like Exeter, Torbay and Newton Abbot. Public support is vital as 92% of their funding is from public donation.

    Press Articles

    Torbay Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Woman-land-air-river-search-Stoke-Gabriel/story-22017673-detail/story.html

    We are South Devon: http://wearesouthdevon.com/woman-found-stoke-gabriel-full-scale-search/

    Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:35

    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.

    The gentleman had become separated from his group earlier in the evening after going for a short walk, and the alarm was raised by his colleagues when he failed to return to their car. We joined the search alongside North Moor and SARDA search colleagues, and a Seaking Helicopter from 22 Squadron A-Flight RAF Chivenor.

    In the early hours of this morning the gentleman was located in Halstock Woods by one of the search teams.

    Police today confirmed that the man had been found deceased and the circumstances were not suspicious. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The family of the man, who was a visitor to the area and not local, have been informed of his death.”

    A post-mortem is due to be carried out and a report will be filed for the coroner.

    A team spokesman said “We are very grateful to all the volunteers from the Okehampton and Ashburton teams who turned out to join the search and bring it to a swift conclusion. Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

    Read more: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Man-dead-Dartmoor-significant-search-rescue/story-22085723-detail/story.html#ixzz39bSLq47A

    Press Reports

    Western Morning News: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Man-dead-Dartmoor-significant-search-rescue/story-22085723-detail/story.html

    Sunday, 14 September 2014 09:32

    Teign Valley search for missing male

    At 12:02 pm on Sunday 14th September a full team callout was issued to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in a search for a missing male in the Teign Valley. The male was considered high risk and the Police were concerned for his welfare.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton team members involved in the Teign Valley search

    Working alongside the Police LPSM (Lost Person Search Manager) our Search Manager deployed our teams to search woodland areas around his home, whilst the Police helicopter was deployed to search areas of open ground. A team spokesman said “These searches are tough as the terrain is frequently steep and unpredictable and covered in thick bramble and undergrowth making it difficult to cover the ground thoroughly”.

    Our volunteers searched until daylight faded around 20:00 when the team was stood down with no further sign of where the male may be.

    UPDATE Monday 15th September – The missing man was found safe and well in Exeter. Just after 12 midday.

    Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:30

    Callout to high risk missing female in Chagford

    At 16:57 on Tuesday 23rd September the team were called out to search for a missing high risk 67 year old female in the Chagford area.

    Fortunately shortly after the callout was initiated the lady was found and the team were stood down on the way to the rendezvous.

    Saturday, 11 October 2014 09:29

    Missing elderly male in Torquay

    We were called at 0250 on Saturday by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in a search for an elderly male missing from home in Torquay. The Team Leader was pleased to hear that the missing person had been located safe and well shortly before sending a callout message to the team.

    Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:25

    Missing 80 year old male in Teignmouth

    We were called today at 19.25 by Devon and Cornwall Police to assist them, alongside HM Coastguard and Teignmouth RNLI, in a search for an 80 year old male missing from the Teignmouth area. We were very pleased to hear that he had been found safe and well by the Lifeboat crew at 19.55. Over 20 members were already en route or at the RV point, but we were all happy to return home, knowing that the gentleman was in safe hands.

    Saturday, 18 October 2014 09:21

    Concern for Exeter pensioner

    At 03:21 on Saturday 18th October, the team were called by Devon & Cornwall Police to search for a missing 77 year old female who had gone in missing in Exeter

    Shortly after the callout was initiated, the team were stood down when the lady was found asleep under a bush by Police officers.

    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.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton covers the popular kayaking stretch of the River Dart in the Upper Dart Valley between dartmeet and Newbridge

    The group of kayakers had come to Devon for the day to kayak the popular stretch of the River Dart. Having already completed the section of river once, the group returned to Dartmeet for a second run. Unfortunately mid way through the route around 4pm, one of the team capsized and hit a rock under water with his shoulder taking the impact. He managed to right himself again and soon realised that although his injury wasn’t serious, it would inhibit him enough to make completing the route very difficult. The group decided to split up with one member staying with his injured colleague whilst the rest completed the route and raised the alarm when their colleagues didn’t make it back to the car at Dartmeet.

    With little daylight remaining, negotiating the gorge on foot with no torches whilst carrying their kayaks and a shoulder injury, the pair decided to sit tight and wait for rescue.

    We arrived on the scene around 10pm. Our Control vehicle was set up at Bel Tor Corner from which multiple field search teams, including a team of our Swiftwater rescue specialists, were deployed into the gorge at various points.

    A team spokesman said “The missing kayakers were located beside the river below Lucky Tor fairly quickly and were a little cold. Our Search Manager directed teams to their position from both sides of the gorge to aid their evacuation. After a medical assessment, it was deemed that they were able to walk out with one of our search teams to a waiting ambulance at Venford Reservoir, whilst their kayaks were recovered by a separate team. Fortunately the injury to one of the pair didn’t require hospital treatment.”

    Callout to search and rescue missing kayakers in the upper River Dart gorge

    We can’t provide our service without the dedication of our volunteers as our Search manager acknowledged. “Many thanks to 29 of our volunteers who attended and finally made it back to their beds just after 2am in the morning ready for work on Monday.”

    Although the kayakers did have some emergency supplies and a first aid kit with them, it would be a good idea when tackling this stretch of river to add a torch to the equipment list. The gorge is very difficult to negotiate due to the steep terrain and undergrowth, and if you have problems a good torch can help you find a safe path and also signal to rescuers.

    Swiftwater Rescue technician in action

    A short video of one of our swift water rescue level 3 technicians in action in the River Dart during the callout.

    Saturday, 01 November 2014 08:47

    Torquay Pensioner found following major search

    At 17:43 today, our team of volunteers were called out to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in searching for a missing elderly male in the Babbacombe area of Torquay.

    Peter Farmer aged 83 and a dementia sufferer, was last seen around 2pm, and as night fell the Police became increasingly concerned for his welfare.

    Our teams of volunteers worked alongside the Police, Torbay RNLI, HM Coastguard and Rescue 106 helicopter launched from Portland in a major multi agency response.

    Our Search Manager said “Shortly after 8pm Peter was located by one of our search teams a little rain soaked and confused and was attended to by one of our team Doctor’s before being handed over to the South West Ambulance Service for further care.”

    “We frequently train with other agencies to make sure that when deployed on an incident, all agencies are aware of each others capabilities and work seamlessly together to give the best chance of success. Tonight this hard work paid off and we are very pleased that Mr Farmer has been found swiftly.”

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton have approximately 60 men and women on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist the Police in searches not just on Dartmoor but across Devon including urban areas like Torquay.

    Friday, 21 November 2014 08:44

    Walker defeated by thick mist

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, affiliated to Mountain Rescue called out to find a missing walker around Shipley Bridge. Found by the team she was none the worse for her ordeal

    A female student from Exeter found herself disorientated this evening after she was caught out by mist on the Avon Dam Reservoir area of south Dartmoor.

    Lost, she contacted Police on her mobile phone and called for help. Our Search Manager was contacted and initiated a full team callout at 17:45. Whilst our volunteers made their way to the area, our Search Manager managed to contact the walker by phone and having made an assessment of her rough location, advised her to head South and follow water courses.

    On arrival of our volunteers our Search Manager then directed a team on to the moor to the west side of the Avon Dam Reservoir, and shortly before 19:00 the lady was located by the team, safe and well.

    Following the successful find by team members our Search Manager said ” The lady did the right thing. She had been caught out by the thick mist in the area and called for help. Our volunteers train for this type of incident and we are glad we were able to locate her quickly. She was none the worse for her ordeal but perhaps a little wiser in that the weather on the moor can catch you out and you need to be prepared.”

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 08:39

    Police concern for 88 year old

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    Concern for missing 88 year old vulnerable male.

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    A team callout was issued at 17:13 on Tuesday 25th November to assist the Police in searching for an elderly vulnerable male that had gone missing during the day in Torquay and hadn’t been seen since around 08:30am.

    There was additional concern for the gentleman’s welfare due to the cold and wet weather.

    Fortunately shortly after the team was deployed, the gentleman was found outside our search area by a member of the public at around 18:30 who called the Police.

    A team spokesman said “We, alongside Devon and Cornwall Police, would like to thank the public and media for their assistance in finding Harry safe and well.”

    Friday, 28 November 2014 08:33

    Major search for Ashburton man

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, Affiliated to Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Dartmoor Rescue Group, on site at a search looking for a missing Ashburton male

    A very long search on Dartmoor yesterday for our Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team (DSRT) Ashburton volunteers following a callout that was issued at 11:11. The incident was controlled by DSRT Search Managers who coordinated the efforts of all 4 DSRT teams, search dogs, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and Devon Cave Rescue Organisation, as well as police search teams.

    We finally stood down at 00:30 last night, 13 hours after the initial call out to the team. We left colleagues from the cave rescue teams to concentrate on some mine workings.

    The search effort will continue today.

    Dave Underhill, DSRT Ashburton Search Manager said “We are all concerned for Morley’s welfare. If anybody has any information on the whereabouts of Morley Petherick, please contact Devon & Cornwall Police by dialing 101.” Log now closed following Morley’s return on 1st December.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, Affiliated to Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Dartmoor Rescue Group, on site at a search looking for a missing Ashburton male

    A link to the Police appeal is below.

    http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/News/NewsArticle.aspx?id=9f697c01-805f-415f-b2f2-e9d05c5a445f

    Saturday, 29 November 2014 08:25

    Search for Morley continues

    We are pleased to report that Morley has returned on his own accord today.

    Callout report –

    Devon based rescue team Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, affiliated to Dartmoor Rescue Group and Mountain Rescue England and Wales, were deployed on a major multi agency search for missing Ashburton man Morley Petherick.

    Following a very long search on Thursday looking for Ashburton man Morley Petherick (http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/callout-20141127),our Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team (DSRT) Ashburton volunteers were asked to cover additional search areas today.

    The searching continued for the missing man in the Ashburton area. Around 30 our members and DSRT Plymouth, plus two search dogs and 12 members of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service searched throughout the day. Unfortunately the search revealed no further information as to what has happened to Morley and our search teams were stood down 6pm.

    Morley was last seen on Sunday night (27th Nov) at his home on Dartmoor, just north of Ashburton. He is believed to be wearing a green shooting jacket, blue jeans and white trainers, and is believed to be in possession of a black and yellow torch. He has no phone, money, bank cards, or any other personal items.

     

    Press articles

    wearesouthdevon.com

    Herald Express

    A link to the Police appeal is below.

    http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/News/NewsArticle.aspx?id=9f697c01-805f-415f-b2f2-e9d05c5a445f

    Saturday, 29 November 2014 08:14

    4th callout of the week

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    2nd callout of the day

    On Saturday evening the 29th November the team were called out to search for a missing 83 year old tourist missing near Paignton in Devon. The lady was believed to be an alzheimer patient so the team prepared to attend another search after being out all day on the 2nd day of a search for missing Ashburton man Morley Petherick.

    Fortunately shortly after the callout had been issued and team members made their way to the rendezvous, the lady was found and the team were stood down.

    This has been a very busy week for our team of volunteers with 4 callouts and 2 days of extending searching as part of a major multi agency response in looking for Morley. A team spokesman said “We would like to extend our deep appreciation to our volunteers and their families who have squeezed in 4 callouts in amongst family commitments and their day jobs. Being part of a search and rescue team is a huge commitment and this week has certainly been a very busy week.”

    Saturday, 10 January 2015 18:01

    Teenager missing in Ashburton

    At 04:31 on Saturday 10th January a full team callout was issued to search for a teenager who had been missing since 01:00. Fortunately, just before 05:00 the missing person was located by The Police and the team was stood down.

    Sunday, 18 January 2015 17:58

    Team Call Out – Brixham

    Control vehicle and landrover ambulance

    At 01:47 on Saturday 17th January, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton were called out to search for a high risk missing person in the Brixham area.

    In freezing conditions and often treacherous ground the team continued until being stood down at 13:05 on Saturday lunchtime. Shortly after the missing woman was found safe and well.

    Thanks to all our volunteers who turned out, along with assistance from DSRT Plymouth and HM Coastguard.

     

    http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/UPDATE-Missing-Brixham-woman-safe/story-25881535-detail/story.html

    Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:54

    Team Callout – Haldon Forest

    At 02:16 on Wednesday 4th February 2015 our volunteers were called to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in the search for a high risk missing person in Haldon Forest.

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    Team members searched woodland in darkness and freezing temperatures until 06:45 when they completed their search areas. The missing person was later located by police in a different part of the woods.

    Sunday, 15 February 2015 17:49

    Call Out Upper Dart, 14th February 2015

    The team were called at 16.45 yesterday, 14th February, to an injured kayaker on the upper Dart. Information about the exact location was coming in piecemeal as the team was making its way to the RV whilst Rescue 169(RAF) Sea King winched the injured kayaker and transferred him to Derriford Hospital.

    The team received conflicting information about the rest of the party and their intentions but located all the remaining kayakers and assisted them for the last leg of their walk out of the Dart valley.

    Best wishes to the injured party and well done to his colleagues who were reasonably equipped and managed their self rescue well.

    Also on scene and many thanks to Devon and Cornwall Police, NPAS Exeter, BASICS Devon, SWAST and 22 SquadronRAF

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:15

    Team called to Widecombe -in-the-Moor

    The classic Mountain Rescue 'Rescue Post' plate on display at the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team - Ashburton's rescue base near Buckfastleigh in Devon

    At 20:17 the team were called to search for a missing person in the Widecombe-in-the-Moor area of SE Dartmoor. Fortunately the misper was located whilst the team was on route and our volunteers were stood down and returned to their homes.

    A full team callout was issued at 20:29 on Tuesday 24th March to search for a vulnerable adult who had been reported missing in the Countess wear area of Exeter.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, affiliated to Mountain Rescue England and Wales has a Swift Water Rescue capability comprising of a team of Swift Water Rescue Technicians

    Devon and Cornwall Police were sufficiently concerned for his safety to initiate a multi agency response consisting of, Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue swift water rescue team, an NPAS Police helicopter, North Dartmoor Search and Rescue and our own search teams including our swift water rescue team.

    The response concentrated on the River Exe and Exeter Canal areas in the city to the north and south of Countess wear bridge with both foot and water teams being deployed.

    We were stood down shortly before 01:00 on the 25th March as the missing person returned to his home.

    Sunday, 19 April 2015 14:10

    Collapse from heat exhaustion

    During a sponsored walk event organised by Dartmoor SRT Ashburton on Sunday 19th April, one of the walkers collapsed suffering from heat-related exhaustion.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton Landrover Ambulance alongside South West Ambulance Trust Ambulance

    Team members were quickly on-scene to stabilise the female casualty in her 50’s, and then evacuate a short distance to a waiting Ambulance where, after receiving assessment and further treatment, was well enough to return home.

    A team spokesperson said that “due to the nature of the safety cover provided for the event, team members were well placed to respond rapidly and effectively to prevent her condition from worsening, and provide effective evacuation from a remote location.

    Monday, 20 April 2015 14:07

    Casualty evacuation at Scorriton

    The team were called out today at 18.50 to assist the ambulance service at an incident in the Scorriton area on Dartmoor. The casualty, who had been walking with a group, had injured an ankle.

    Dartmoor Search and rescue team Ashburton Landrover ambulance DART52

    The first team members arrived at the casualty site at 19.20, where paramedics were already in attendance. Team members then evacuated the casualty by Landrover to the South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust ambulance at the road head.

    Monday, 20 April 2015 14:07

    Casualty evacuation at Scorriton

    The team were called out today at 18.50 to assist the ambulance service at an incident in the Scorriton area on Dartmoor. The casualty, who had been walking with a group, had injured an ankle.

    Dartmoor Search and rescue team Ashburton Landrover ambulance DART52

    The first team members arrived at the casualty site at 19.20, where paramedics were already in attendance. Team members then evacuated the casualty by Landrover to the South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust ambulance at the road head.

    Thursday, 23 April 2015 13:28

    Missing person callout in Torquay

    The team were called at 12:51 on Thursday 23rd April to assist the Devon and Cornwall Police in a search for a vulnerable 74 year old female in Torquay. Fortunately on the way to the incident our team was stood down.

    Side of control vehicle displaying mountain rescue logo

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:23

    Team callout to East Devon

    Our control vehicle and landrover ambulance side by side. Photo shows front of landrover and side of control vehicle

    After being placed on standby, a full team callout was issued at 11:39 to search for a high risk missing person in the Beer / Seaton area of East Devon.

    Shortly after arrival of search manager and the first team members the missing person was located and coastguard and police responded. It was agreed that further assistance from DSRT Ashburton was not required and the team stood down.

    Thanks to Exmoor Search and Rescue and our Dartmoor Rescue colleagues at Okehampton who were also en route to assist.

    Friday, 03 July 2015 13:19

    Concern for missing male with dementia

    At 00:04 on Friday 3rd July, a full team callout was issued following a request by Devon and Cornwall Police to help in a search for a missing 63 year old male with dementia in the Bovey Tracey area who had been missing since earlier in the evening.

    Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton's Mountain Rescue Landrover DART52

    Fortunately, shortly after the callout was issued, the male was located by Police in Moretonhampstead and our volunteers were stood down at 00:31 and returned to their beds.

    At 16:39 today a team callout was issued to assist the Police and the NPAS Police Helicopter with a search of the River Teign around New Bridge just to the south of Chudleigh Knighton.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Control Vehcile (DART02) and Landriover Ambulance (DART52) on site whilst assisting Police with a search on the River Teign near Chudleigh Knighton

    The search was instigated following the report from a member of the public of a damaged and abandoned kayak found on the river.

    Team members including our Swiftwater Rescue Technicians searched the river in the area including the banks before being stood down around 7:15 pm following the receipt of further information.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers on site whilst assisting Police with a search on the River Teign near Chudleigh Knighton

    Thanks to all our volunteers who attended.

    Friday, 07 August 2015 12:49

    Evacuation from Upper Dart Valley

    The team were called today at 16:59 to assist the South West Ambulance Service with the extraction of a casualty who had sustained a minor lower leg injury after slipping by the river in the Upper Dart Valley.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers worked alongside ambulance service personnel to effect a rescue from the Upper Dart Valley

    Paramedics were in attendance to assess the casualty’s injury before she was packaged on to our stretcher. Once secure, a rope system was put in place to relay the casualty up the steep side of the valley to safety and a land ambulance.

    The lady was taken to hospital to have her injury x-rayed.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers worked alongside ambulance service personnel to effect a rescue from the Upper Dart Valley

    Our duty search manager commented “This was a perfect example of our volunteers working alongside full-time emergency service personnel to effect the safe rescue of casualty from a difficult to access location. We wish the lady a very speedy recovery.”

    Update

    We’ve since been told that the lady concerned was found to have chipped a bone in her foot and is now on crutches

    Press Articles

    Torbay Herald Express

    Monday, 10 August 2015 12:41

    Misper Search at Budleigh Salterton

    The team of volunteers were called at 20:50 last night Sunday 9th August to search for a high risk female in the area around Budleigh Salterton in East Devon.

    Landrover Ambulance with a Police car behind that is semi obscured

    The lady had been reported missing earlier in the day and a search involving the coastguard and Devon and Cornwall Police had taken place.

    We continued searching specific areas around the town and the River Otter with our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team until around 02:15am with no signs of the lady’s whereabouts.

    We have been stood down for the time being whilst the Police continue with their enquiries.

     

    Update from Devon & Cornwall Police 17th August 2015

    Body found on beach, believed to be missing woman.

    The body of a woman was found at Budleigh Salterton beach shortly before 6pm on Friday 14 August. The body was found not far from Steamer steps by a member of the public and is believed to be the missing person Jayne Brocklehurst. 48-year-old Jayne was last seen on Saturday 8 August in Budleigh Salterton. Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the family have been informed.

    Our thoughts are with the lady’s family and friends.

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:36

    Exeter search

    Vehicles

    A full team callout was issued at 13:25 on Wednesday 19th August to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing middle aged male. We were stood down around 18:30 following searches in the Countess Wear area of the city.

    After we were stood down, the man concerned was located safe and well in Exeter.

    Tuesday, 29 September 2015 12:32

    Missing Female Located Following 8 Hour Search

    At 20:52 on Monday 28th September, a full team callout was issued to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing female in her late 40’s. The lady had been last sighted in the Haytor Down and Holwell Lawn area earlier in the day and the Police were concerned for her safety.

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

    The search involved around 30 of our volunteers, Police and the Police helicopter. As the night wore on, search managers were confident the lady was still in the area and our colleagues at DSRT Tavistock were placed on standby to continue the systematic search once our volunteers were stood down around 03:00

    Fortunately the lady was located around 04:30 this morning by a DSRT Tavistock team where she was given medical attention on site before being evacuated to a land ambulance.

    Our team duty search manager said “We believe the lady concerned was moving throughout the evening and hence made our search even more challenging. We are very grateful to all our volunteers who turned out overnight and those from our sister team at Tavistock who brought the search to a successful conclusion.”

     

    Press reports

    Torbay Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Missing-woman-Dartmoor-following-overnight-search/story-27887684-detail/story.html#ixzz3n7kO4nHq

    Sunday, 08 November 2015 12:29

    Callout Interrupts Trainee Selection Day

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers worked alongside ambulance personnel to effect a rescue from the Upper Dart Valley

    Saturday November 11th we were hosting our annual selection day for new prospective team members when at 11:20 we were called to assist South Western Ambulance Trust with an injured person in the Hameldown Tor area.

    On route to the callout we were stood down when the injured person was able to make it to the roadside and a waiting ambulance crew.

    Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:25

    Stood down on way to callout

    At 19:08 on Thursday 17th December the team were called to assist the Devon and Cornwall Police with a missing person search in the South Brent area of South Dartmoor. On the way to the RV, our volunteers were stood down as the person was located at Buckfast Abbey safe and well.

    Landrover Ambulance with a Police car behind that is semi obscured.

    Sunday, 27 December 2015 12:12

    Callout to assist with the Yorkshire floods

    The team have been called out, alongside other Dartmoor teams and Exmoor, to assist with the flood situation in Yorkshire.

    Please spare a thought for the 16 DSRT Ashburton members who are driving to York right now to assist with flood recovery work. Please also think of their families and friends whose sacrifice often gets missed.

    The search and rescue teams from Dartmoor, Exmoor and Cornwall are all supporting this effort to respond to flooding alongside team members from many mountain rescue teams nationwide.

    Please spare a thought for the 16 DSRT Ashburton members who are driving to York right now to assist with flood recovery work. Please also think of their families and friends whose sacrifice often gets missed. The search and rescue teams from Dartmoor, Exmoor and Cornwall are all supporting this effort to respond to flooding alongside team members from many mountain rescue teams nationwide

     

    The team were on standby to help with the floods just before Christmas in Cumbria, however we weren’t required.

    The SW peninsula region has provided 49 people (22 Swift Water Rescue Technicians, 27 Level 2 trained), 8 4×4 vehicles, 1 boat and 2 water incident search managers. This still leaves over 75% of our personnel and the better part of our resources in the area.

    Press Articles

    The video is courtesy of BBC Spotlight

    Torbay Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Latest-pictures-Dartmoor-rescue-heroes-flood-hit/story-28434511-detail/story.html#ixzz3vhlYPfRR

    BBC Radio Devon Interview: http://dsrtashburton.org.uk/bbcdevon-york/

    BBC Radio York Interview: http://dsrtashburton.org.uk/yorkflood-radio/

    Friday, 15 January 2016 10:48

    Fears for Missing Newton Abbot Woman

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Dart 62 Landrover ambulance

    At 02:23 a full team callout was initiated to support Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing vulnerable woman in her 60’s who had been reported missing from her home around 8pm on Thursday 14th January.

    Our team volunteers conducted searches through the woods alongside the River Lemon by Bradley Manor until 07:30 when we were stood down pending further Police investigations.

    Update: 12 Noon 15th January 2016. Good news, the woman was found safe and well in a Newton Abbot B&B this morning.

    Read more: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Missing-65-year-old-woman-Newton-Abbot-overnight/story-28533484-detail/story.html#ixzz3xJlozt4U
    Follow us: @TQHeraldExpress on Twitter | theheraldexpress on Facebook

    Press reports

    Western Morning News: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Fears-missing-Devon-woman-temperatures-plunge/story-28533023-detail/story.html

    Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Missing-65-year-old-woman-Newton-Abbot-overnight/story-28533484-detail/story.html

    The team were called at 19:04 this evening by Devon and Cornwall Police to search for a lost walker in the Pupers Hill area of South Dartmoor.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton called out to assist a lost walker who had undertaken his walk with no map, caompass, whistle or torch

    A rapid response from our volunteers meant we had teams out on the moor by 19:40 and the casualty was found safe and well by our volunteers at 20:10.

    The individual had left his car at Ludgate for a walk on the moor at 4pm this afternoon. Unfortunately he had no map or compass and as visibility and daylight soon deteriorated, he soon became lost and disorientated. He also had no whistle or torch, essential safety equipment when walking on the moor, so could not signal his location to rescuers.

    As weather conditions was good with light winds, our members homed in on the area he was suspected to be in, found him and escorted him off the moor and to his car.

    Our duty team Search manager said “Fortunately the gent had a mobile phone which meant we could talk with him and get a good idea of his location before sending out foot teams to escort him off the moor. We recommend that walkers always take a map and compass, and know how to use them, along with essential safety equipment such as a whistle and torch on Dartmoor walks. They don’t weigh much but can make all the difference if you are delayed and find yourself out on the open moor after dark enabling you to find your way or to signal rescuers”.

    Safe to say he is a lot wiser now and has learnt a valuable lesson in being properly equipped. We wish him well.

    Press Articles

    Grough Online: http://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2016/01/19/take-a-torch-map-and-compass-say-rescuers-after-dartmoor-walker-gets-lost

    Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Dartmoor-rescue-teams-scrambled-missing-man/story-28559598-detail/story.html

    Tuesday, 26 January 2016 10:40

    Weather catches out Two Moors Way Walkers

    On Tuesday afternoon our duty search manager was contacted by the police who had concerns for two walkers who had dialled 999 after getting disorientated and cold in horrendous weather on the south moor.

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    The pair of walkers had set off from Ivybridge in the morning heading towards their accommodation in Scorriton, as they left the Two Moors Way to join the Abbots Way the weather closed in and they became lost.

    After making contact with the walkers our search manager was able to determine their location and initiated a limited team callout. Shortly after 1430 four team members in two Land Rovers drove the 12km along the Puffing Billy Track to Crossways where the walkers were found sheltering in the old explosives hut.

    Although cold, one individual was wearing shorts, the walkers were safe and well, hot tea was administered and they were escorted off the moor. The team was stood down shortly after 1700. This incident highlights the importance of dressing appropriately and being adequately equipped for the weather conditions.

    Thanks to team member Dave for the photo and video which show how wet and windy it was.

    Press Articles

    Grough: http://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2016/01/28/two-walkers-rescued-after-getting-lost-on-dartmoor-route-in-horrendous-weather

    Western Morning News: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/VIDEO-Dartmoor-walkers-rescued-horrendous-weather/story-28630153-detail/story.html?001

    Torquay Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/VIDEO-rescued-Dartmoor-horrendous-conditions/story-28630419-detail/story.html

    Our control vehicle and landrover ambulance side by side. Photo shows front of landrover and side of control vehicle

    Our volunteers had an early morning alarm call this morning at 06:47 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for an 87 year old gentleman with Alzheimer’s who had gone missing in the Teignmouth area. Fortunately he was found safe and well and we were stood down on our way to assist.

    At the same time an incident was just starting in Exmouth which we handed over to our DRG colleagues based at Okehampton whilst we were dealing with the Teignmouth job. Fortunately that also came to a rapid conclusion and the team were stood down on route.

    Saturday, 13 February 2016 10:31

    Hopes Nose Search

    Shortly after 20:00 on Friday 12th February, a full team callout was initiated to search for a missing female in her mid 20’s who Devon and Cornwall Police were very concerned about.

    Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton's Mountain Rescue Landrover DART52 at Teignmouth Golf Course, Devon

    The search was focused around the Hopes Nose / Ansteys Cove area of Torquay and consisted of multiple agencies including the Coastguard, RNLI and Helicopter.

    Our team of volunteers were stood down around 02:00 and placed on further stand by to continue the search later in the morning once light. The team has been in further communication with the Police today and as yet no further search activity is required by our volunteers.

    Update

    Rose’s body was recovered from the sea of Weymouth at the beginning of April. Our thoughts and condolences are with Rose’s family as they mourn her loss.

    Press Articles

    Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Search-update-seen-missing-Torquay-woman-Rose/story-28728589-detail/story.html

    CALLOUT to Crossways area of the Abbots Way.

    Our team of volunteers had a bit of a late night last night as they were called at 23:45 to search for a group of teenagers who had found themselves in difficulty to the north west of the Avon Dam Reservoir.

    Initially a team of 6 members walked out from the dam towards a position indicated by a tracking device the group were carrying. Other team members in our Land Rovers made their way up the puffing billy track to begin searching from west, see video.

    An hour after leaving the dam our initial team located the missing group hunkered down in a emergency shelter they had been carrying. They were cold and wet but unharmed.

    After a quick check over by our casualty carer the 5 teenagers were walked to Crossways on the puffing billy track to meet our Land Rovers. As one of our Land Rovers drove the teenagers off the moor a number of our members remained with our second land Rover as it had developed an electrical fault and broken down, after 45mins of fiddling a temporary fix had been found and the last of our team members were off the moor and heading to their beds by 0430.

    Press Articles

    Western Morning News: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Teenagers-saved-going-missing-Dartmoor-Storm/story-29006662-detail/story.html

    Grough Online: http://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2016/03/28/teens-rescued-from-dartmoor-after-getting-lost-in-dark-during-storm-katie

    Sunday, 01 May 2016 10:19

    Injured Motorcyclist

    The team was called at 16:13 today to assist the ambulance service with an injured motorcyclist on a green lane in the Scoriton area of South Dartmoor. The injured male was transported to a land ambulance and taken to hospital with a dislocated knee.

    Thursday, 05 May 2016 10:17

    Vulnerable Missing Person, Stoke Gabriel

    The team were tasked at 21:07 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in the search for a vulnerable female who had gone missing from the Stoke Gabriel area on the edge of the River Dart.

    One of our team volunteers on the way to the search rendezvous point came across a lady by the side of the road and suspected her to be the missing person we had been tasked to find. Escorting her to the rendezvous this was confirmed by the Police Lost Person Search Manager (LPSM) and the team were stood down.

    Saturday, 07 May 2016 10:15

    Missing 85 Year old Paignton Man

    On the evening of Friday 6th May the team were tasked to assist our North Dartmoor colleagues with a search for a missing 85 year male whose car had been found abandoned in the Meldon Reservoir area of North Dartmoor.

    Team members of all 4 Dartmoor teams were already deployed to assist with the annual Ten Tors expedition so a joint team approach was taken in the search for the missing gentleman whilst maintaining cover for the event.

    Our members returned to our Ten Tors base at Sittaford Moor Gate on the edge of Fernworthy Forest at around 03:30am with no sign of the gentleman.

    Our search and rescue colleagues at Cornwall continued the search for the gentleman and he was located safe and well later during the morning.

    Saturday, 14 May 2016 10:11

    East Devon Callout

    At 11:19 on Saturday 14th May the team were called to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a high risk missing Lithuanian female in the Seaton and Beer area of East Devon.

     

    The lady in her late 20’s had gone missing earlier that morning and the Police had conducted a search with the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter based at Exeter Airport, the RNLI and HM Coastguard.

    The call was a joint approach with our colleagues from North Dartmoor and Exmoor Search and Rescue Teams also taking part.

    All the Mountain Rescue volunteers were split into various field teams to cover the areas identified as likely locations for a find. Fortunately around 4pm the lady was located and after being assessed by one of our team Dr’s, was handed over to the ambulance service for further treatment.

    The call was a great example of not just differing MR teams working seamlessly together, something we regularly train for, but also MR volunteers working alongside other agencies such as HM Coastguard.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton deployed to a callout in the Seaton and Beer area of East Devon

    We would like to thank Tesco’s at Seaton, who despite a busy sunny Spring Saturday, accommodated all our personal and team vehicles in their car park and fed our volunteers with bacon butties and coffee. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

    On the following day, the team were put on standby to search for 2 children who had gone missing on Haytor Down. A concerned member of the public came across 2 children at Smallacombe Rocks asking for directions to Haytor. The member of the public alerted the Police after pointing them in the right direction who put us on standby. The Police managed to locate the parents at Haytor and fortunately the children managed to find their way back.

    Saturday, 21 May 2016 10:07

    CALLOUT and Standby, Saturday 21st May

    After a busy morning doing weekly vehicle and kit checks the team were put on stand by at 13.35 for possible missing persons in the Widecombe area, fortunately they were located safe and well before being deployed.

    An hour and a half later the team were called again to a missing male reported to be unwell in the Piles Copse area.

    Ambulance

    On route to the RV we were informed that Police Officers had found the casualty but need assistance in getting off the moor. Both team Land Rovers then made their way along the old tramway where we found a very wet and cold casualty on the track North of Piles Copse. All involved including the finding Police Officers were then evacuated from the moor in DSRT Ashburton Land Rovers, the casualty to a waiting ambulance and Devon and Cornwall’s finest to their cars and hopefully a well earned brew.

    A good outcome in what were very poor conditions.

     

    Press reports

    Ivybridge and South Brent Gazette http://www.ivybridge-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=103796

    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

    During our search of the area around Petitor Point, around 20:45 one of our search teams found a body which it is believed had been there for some considerable time and not related to the search we were deployed on. This was reported to Devon and Cornwall Police who sent a team to investigate. Items found with the remains are being used to assist officers with identification.

    The second body was located by Police Officers at around 8.10am on Wednesday 25 May, which appears completely unrelated to the human remains discovered the night before. Formal identification has not yet taken place.

    The area has been cordoned off and a full investigation is being carried out to establish the circumstances of both deaths.

    A team spokesman said on news of the 2nd body being found. “With the body found by one of our search teams last night and the second discovery by the Police this morning, our thoughts and condolences are very much with the families of those concerned at this very difficult time, and we hope identifications are made quickly.”

    Press articles:

    Grough: http://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2016/05/25/dartmoor-search-team-finds-two-coast-path-bodies-in-hunt-for-missing-david-cauldwell

    Torquay Herald Express http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Video-Police-search-Torquay-woods-clues-double/story-29324909-detail/story.html

    Monday, 30 May 2016 09:57

    Multi MR Team Callout – Barnstaple

    At 10.30 on the 27th May, North Dartmoor Search and Rescue had a call to assist Exmoor Search & Rescue Team with a callout assisting Devon and Cornwall Police in Barnstaple for a search for a missing vulnerable male.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton 2 Landrover ambulances. DART52 and DART62

    Both teams searched, through the night and after 6 hours of searching the missing male had mot been found. At 7am on the 28th May, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Tavistock and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) took over the search. The missing gentleman was located in Barnstaple a couple of hours later.

    Another multi team callout.

    Saturday, 04 June 2016 09:55

    Moretonhampstead Callout

    Full team call out to the hills above Moretonhampstead early in the morning on Saturday 4th June to search for a vulnerable missing person. He was found outside of the area that we had been tasked to search shortly after we had deployed.

    Thanks to DSRT Okehampton who were en route to assist.

    Sunday, 05 June 2016 09:52

    End to a Busy Weekend

    Call out- The weekend ends as it started; with a full team response to a missing person with possible dementia on the eastern side of Exeter at the end of a day where the team had been fundraising at the River Dart Country Park.

    The team were just about to start searching when he was located by family members. All’s well that ends well.

    Monday, 06 June 2016 09:50

    Vulnerable Torquay Teenager

    The team were called by Devon & Cornwall Police at 03:32 in the early hours of this morning to assist with locating a high-risk vulnerable 16yr old, last seen in the Watcombe area of Torquay. Teams were deployed for approx. 3hrs when the misper was reported by a member of the public in the Babbacombe beach area.

    She was detained by Maritime Coastguard Agency personnel until Police and an Ambulance could attend, at which point the team stood down.

    At 13:44 on Tuesday 14th June the team were called to assist the Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing vulnerable teenager in the Blackpool Sands area of the South Hams.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton deployed on a search for a missing teenager at Blackpool Sands in the South Hams Devon

    Also in attendance were the Coastguard, RNLI boats from Salcombe and Dartmouth, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency helicopter from St Athan in South Wales and our colleagues from our sister team at DSRT Plymouth.

    Searching of the local area continued until beyond dusk. At 11pm with the mid-summer light fading, Police decided to close the search for the evening without the missing female having been located.

     

    The Police investigation continues and are appealing for information from the public in helping to locate the missing teenager as the search continues,

    Press articles

    BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-36570869?post_id=1179192365446356_1179192435446349#

    Thursday, 16 June 2016 08:46

    Extraction of Unconscious Teenager

    Early this morning the team were called out to New Waste near Cornwood to assist our colleagues at DSRT Plymouth to search for a Duke of Edinburgh award team. The D of E team had called the ambulance service and reported that one of their members was unconscious.

    The team were located by helicopter and all members were air-lifted off the moor and our volunteers were stood down.

    Press articles

    Plymouth Herald: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/teens-airlifted-off-south-dartmoor-after-one-falls-unconscious/story-29408297-detail/story.html

    At 20:26 on Sunday evening the team were called to search for a missing vulnerable male with mental health issues in the Woodbury area of East Devon. The team was stood down shortly around 02:00 with our colleagues at Exmoor and North Dartmoor Search and Rescue teams on standby to continue the search.

    However good news shortly after we were stood down as the male was located. He had made his way to the Cat and Fiddle pub on the Sidmouth road after going out for a walk and getting lost, we believe in the fields towards Westpoint, possibly because he heard the Elton John concert!. He was fine and in good spirits although soaked through, but safe and well.

    A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said ” Thanks to all Mountain Rescue personnel who turned out, it was a great effort by all in miserable weather and over tough terrain. We really do appreciate it especially, as people are out at all hours and have work / commitments the following day. I know that the home staff and the males family also wanted to pass on their thanks to all of your team members for coming out and doing such a remarkable job. #mortethanjustmountains

    Sunday, 26 June 2016 08:37

    A very long weekend

    Over the 25th / 26th June our team members and dart2ZERO volunteers were heavily involved with the Dartmoor Classic Cyclesportive event which attracts 4,000 cyclists each year to tackle routes over Dartmoor. We fundraise, hand out cake to participants and provide our Control vehicle and team members to assist the organisers with the event Silver Control.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Incident Control Vehicle DART02 with Devon and Cornwall Police vehicles on a team callout

    Just after we announced the winner of our Prize draw on Sunday and were preparing to return home to our families and a well earned beer, we received a call from the Police to search for a missing elderly gentleman with Alzheimers who had gone missing earlier in the day in the Newton Abbot area.

    We redeployed to the Passage House Hotel car park from Newton Abbot Racecourse to begin our search. However shortly afterwards the gentleman was found in Kingsteignton and we were stood down. Now, what about that beer ……

    #mortethanjustmountains

    Wednesday, 06 July 2016 08:35

    Fallen climber, Hound Tor

    At 16:59 today the team were called to assist the SW Ambulance Trust with a climber who had fallen from Hound Tor. We were stood down shortly after when the ambulance trust had resolved the incident.

    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.

    The lady had sustained multiple injuries in the fall and was lying on rocks close to the river edge. It was quickly determined that assistance would be required from Rescue 924, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) S92 search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay to relay the lady to hospital.

    The casualty received medical care on site and was transferred onto our vacuum mattress as a precaution against any potential spinal or neck injury. Due to the narrow gorge and tree cover, a safe place needed to be found from which to winch the lady on to the helicopter. We train frequently in the area and had previously identified likely areas for winch evacuation. Members of our rope team rigged rope systems to help transport the casualty safely up the valley side on our stretcher to above the treeline from where the helicopter returned to winch the casualty onboard and onwards to Derriford Hospital.

    Team members packed up our equipment, walked back to Newbridge car park and returned to our Rescue Centre around midnight.

    Our duty search manager said “The Dart Valley is always a challenging area to rescue people from, and this was quite a difficult one and took several hours. We wish the lady a speedy recovery.”

    Press reports

    Torbay Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/video-dartmoor-search-and-rescue-ashburton-assist-in-difficult-helicopter-winch-from-dart-valley/story-29495778-detail/story.html???

    Grough Online: http://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2016/07/13/rescuers-in-six-hour-operation-after-walker-injured-in-65ft-fall-in-dartmoor-gorge

    At 11am on Monday 11th July, the team were called to assist our North Dartmoor colleagues with a search for a missing person in an area near Cheriton Bishop.

    Fortunately just after we were called the missing person was found and we were stood down.

    Standby – 24/07/2016

    Briefly on the 24th July at 18:10, the full team were placed on standby to search for a missing person around the Passage House Inn area of Kingsteignton. The team were stood down at 19:28 with no further action required.

    Friday, 05 August 2016 08:01

    Exeter search turns up no clues

    At 18:35 on Thursday 4th August, a full team callout was issued to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search centred around the Countesswear Bridge area of the city.

    Our search was concentrated around the Counteewear bridge area of the City of Exeter

    A male in his 50’s, considered at high risk, had gone missing around lunchtime and his family were concerned for his welfare. Working on what little information there was regarding his potential whereabouts, our search areas were concentrated north of Countesswear Bridge alongside the River Exe and the canal.

    3 x field teams, controlled by our Search Manager working alongside the Police Lost Person Search Manager (LPSM), and a National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, searched until 22:30 when our volunteers were stood down.

    Exeter search around countesswear

    Fortunately, the man returned home in the early hours of the morning safe and well.

    A callout for assistance was issued at 09:07 this morning by Devon and Cornwall Police to find a lone walker who had become lost whilst out on a camping trip. The walker was also diabetic and had been advised to stay put in his tent and wait for team members to find him.

    A team of 5 team members alongside 2 from our sister team at Plymouth, drove team Landrovers up to the Marker Stone on the Two Moors Way near Crossways from which we walked out to meet him. In the meantime our Search Manager used the SARLOC system to locate his position and pass on the resulting grid reference to the team on the ground.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton called out to assist a missing walker near Eastern White Barrow

    We reached the walker shortly after 11:25, assessed his condition and were happy he could be walked off as apart from dehydration, he was perfectly ok.

    Our team Leader said. “We have had a number of callouts to the same area this year as walkers get caught out by that section of the Two Moors Way being tricky to navigate as it is not clearly marked. If you are going to attempt the walk, make sure you have the ability to map read and navigate to the required standard.”

    “The walker did the right thing in the circumstances and we are pleased he was in good health and we could escort him off the moor to his family, a little wiser than when he left.”

    Saturday, 06 August 2016 07:33

    Missing 16 Year old Enters the River Dart

    The team were called around 22:00 on Friday 5th August to assist Devon & Cornwall Police in looking for a 16 year old male reportedly entering the River Dart having shed all his clothing.

    Totnes Search Managers

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers were tasked to search the Staverton branch-line and various land based areas, whilst the MCA & RNLI focused on the water environments. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service decided to wait for daylight to put boats in the water following their risk assessment, departing around 1am following searches earlier that evening. MCA personnel continued riverbank searches alongside the Police Dive Team until around 2am. DSRT Ashburton members were stood down around 05:00 having exhausted regions of woodland and field systems identified as high-probability areas.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Control Vehicle on site looking for a missing lad at Totnes

    Our team duty Search Manager said: “DSRT Ashburton covered a lot of ground overnight during the 6hr deployment, that focused on high-probability areas around the ‘point last seen’ for the teenager. Missing person behavioural analysis was less predictive in this instance, due to the reported use of new psychoactive substances (NPS); however, the areas targeted included minor roads, tracks and trails, dense woodland, steep ground, river-bank and flood-plain areas, and parts of the Totnes to Buckfastleigh branch-line. The team remains on alert to assist if required.”

    Our colleagues at DSRT Plymouth took over the Dartmoor Rescue response on Saturday morning to give our volunteers a rest, following by DSRT Tavistock in the afternoon / evening..

    On Sunday morning the 8th August, Polcie divers discovered a body. The next of kin have been informed in advance of an official identification

    Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the family at this very difficult and sad time.

    Monday, 15 August 2016 07:29

    Sad End to 2nd Callout of the Day

    Shortly before 5pm on the 15th August, a full team callout was issued to assist our sister teams Exmoor and North Dartmoor Search and Rescue.

    Emergency Vehicles

    Exmoor had been tasked to assist Devon and Cornwall Police on Sunday with a search for a missing vulnerable male in the Valley of the Rocks area West of Lynton who had not been seen since he checked into a campsite on Tuesday for a one night stay.

     

    North Dartmoor and ourselves joined the search today that along with Exmoor, involved the RNLI, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

    Our duty search manager said “We were stood down shortly after 8pm when a body was discovered by an RNLI crew further along the coast. We extend our sincere condolences and thoughts to the family and friends of the person involved at this very sad time.”

    Wednesday, 31 August 2016 16:08

    Concern for Vulnerable 59 Year old from Exeter

    At 19:53 on Tuesday 30th August, a full team callout was issued by Devon and Cornwall Police who had requested assistance in the search for a 59 year old vulnerable female from Exeter. The lady had gone missing around 4pm and given her neighbours cause for concern.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton on site at a callout near Exeter in Devon

    Our volunteers, assisted by our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue, searched ground around the Ide / St Thomas / Pocombe Bridge area of the city with no sign of the lady’s whereabouts being discovered.

    After completing our assigned search areas the Dartmoor teams were stood down around 02:00 on Wednesday morning.

    The Police continued their investigation and the lady was found by officers to have returned home at around 10:00.

    Sunday, 04 September 2016 14:05

    Team Joins Major Search in Cornwall.

     

    Our team called out to assist in Cornwall search

    Our team members were called to assist Cornwall Search and Rescue Team today with a search operation that had been underway since Friday in East Cornwall.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton is a charity based in Devon that relies on public donations for around 92% of its funding. The team is part of Dartmoor Rescue Group (DRG) and Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW). Its Landrover Ambulance, callsign DART52 is fully equipped with specialist rescue equipment

    84 year old Derek Dilworth had been missing from his home at Darleyford near Liskeard since Friday afternoon. We joined a coordinated operation that consisted of all 4 Dartmoor search and rescue teams, the fulltime emergency services including the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter.

    Derek had been out in the wet weather that swept the peninsula yesterday afternoon and we are delighted that he has been found. He was found cold and wet this morning and was flown to Derriford hospital for a thorough check-up.

    Monday, 05 September 2016 14:03

    3rd callout in a week

    AmbulanceWhat turned out to be a busy few days has seen our number of callouts for the year hit 30 as we were called to a search near Coldeast Cross.

    The team were called earlier this evening to assist Devon & Cornwall Police with a missing high risk vulnerable male, whose vehicle was discovered in the area earlier by officers. The team, joined by a Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) dog part way through the evening, were deployed to several search areas and the team were eventually stood down before 22:30 once these had been exhausted.

    The investigation continues.

    Tuesday, 06 September 2016 13:59

    A Repeat Callout on the Same Search

    Mountain RescueFollowing last night’s callout to Coldeast Cross looking for a missing Newton Abbot male in his forties, the team were called out again this evening to cover another search area highlighted by the Police that they wished to clear as part of the investigation into the man’s disappearance.

    The ground covered last night and tonight turned out to be challenging with dense fern, gorse and bramble meaning low Probability of Detection’ (PoD) scores. PoD gives an indication on how throughly a particular search area can be swept. In an ideal world this would be 100% but in areas such as woodland or common land with dense gorse it can be almost impossible to achieve 100% and hence in reality on most searches a lower score can only be achieved.

    Once priority search areas have been covered, the Police can then request a a second search in some areas to try and increase the PoD score as a missing person investigation continues. resources at there disposal includes search teams, air assets such as the Police and HM Coastguard helicopters for aerial searches and of course, search dogs.

    Further intelligence from a member of the public was received mid way through our search which gave a sighting of the missing person near Teigngrace. Police were dispatched to the area and shortly afterwards the man was found and given the care he needed and we were stood down.

    Saturday, 24 September 2016 13:45

    Hound Tor Callout

    Ambulance

    The team were called to the Hound Tor area of Dartmoor to search for a high risk missing person on Friday evening.

    Team members rendezvoused at the Hound Tor car park ready to deploy. As members arrived the missing person was located by the National Police Air Service helicopter and officers on the ground recovered him safe and well.

    Saturday, 29 October 2016 13:35

    Missing Person Enquiry, Branscombe

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton assisted Devon and Cornwall Police with a missing person enquiry around the Branscombe area in East Devon this morning.

    The man from Exeter went missing on Tuesday 25th October whose disappearance is out of character.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton on a calloit to Branscombe East Devon

    Following his car being found in a public car park at Branscombe beach, the team were allocated search areas by the Police which we searched from 08:00 to around midday with no further signs of the missing elderly gentleman.

    Devon and Cornwall Police have issued an appeal for information https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/News/NewsArticle.aspx?id=49b56879-f282-44b4-86e9-03ead94bbe88

    The Police investigation continues

     

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

    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.

    Our trained volunteers were on site within 25 minutes of the callout being raised and, along with the air ambulance crew, and a local farmer’s pickup truck, the lady was transported to the helicopter and taken for further care at Derriford Hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery.

    Following the incident we were delighted to receive a thank you card from the casualty who thanked us for our care and good humour helping to keep her spirits up. She is expected to make a full recovery.

    Saturday, 26 November 2016 12:54

    Overdue Walking Group at Harford Moor Gate

     

    Harford Moor Gate

    DSRT AmbulanceThe team were called on this evening by Devon and Cornwall Police regarding a party of walkers overdue at Harford Moor Gate in Dartmoor National Park.

    A mixed group of 8 walkers on the Two Moors Way including adults and children were expected at Harford Moor Gate around 6pm.

    They reported by phone that they were 10 mins away but had not arrived, and had lost phone signal, an hour later. This would be easily explained as a misinterpretation of where they were on the tramway and there was no suggestion of mishap or vulnerability.

    The team was put on standby in case they were not able to sort themselves out by 8pm. Soon after 8pm it transpired that the group had separated into a faster group of 5 and a slower group of 3 in the Redlake area. The 5 overshot Harford and left the moor near Wrangaton golf course. The police sent a National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter to confirm that the remaining 3 were on course. When they were not seen on the tramway a team callout was issued.

    As expected this resulted in them showing up at Harford bunkhouse! Members were converging on Bittaford Moorgate that had been chosen so that we could cover the walkers overshoot area, with our sister team DSRT Plymouth covering the Erme valley, but also partly due to access through Harford was difficult due to a serious house fire.

     

    Concern for missing Exeter man in sub-zero temperatures.

    With temperatures below freezing, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton was called by Devon and Cornwall Police to search for a missing 47 year old male in the Barley Lane area of the city of Exeter yesterday evening.

    Water Cas 151104 01 150x150Acting on Police intelligence, members searched wooded steep ground on the Western side of the city for any signs of the missing male. Unfortunately no signs of the whereabouts of his whereabouts were discovered and the team were stood down around midnight.

    The missing man Mr Pryce, who lives in St Thomas, hasn’t been heard from for almost a week and police are appealing to the public to help locate him.

    Mr Pryce is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, slim build, and short brown hair. Brian wears glasses and has a Japanese symbol tattooed on his left arm.

    If you have seen Brian Pryce in the past week, know of his whereabouts or have any information that can aid the police with their search, please contact 999 quoting police log 440 for the 28thof November.

     

    Search for teenage lone camper.

    Last night’s joint training exercise with Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Tavistock turned into our 37th callout of the year and the second in as many days as team members arrived at the RV at Two Bridges.

    Nav TrainingThe worried family of an experienced and well equipped teenage walker who left home for a few days Dartmoor camping had called Police after no communication had been received from her since she left.

    Members from both teams retraced her intended route and other locations on the north moor in freezing temperatures and thick fog looking for her.

    Late into the evening a member of the public reported seeing somebody matching her description who had pitched a tent in the Sourton Tors area of the moor. Shortly before midnight the camper was awoken from her peaceful slumber and confirmed to be the person we were looking for.

    We were very pleased that she was found safe and well and left her to finish her trip. She is expected home to her very relieved family on Friday.

     

    Be prepared.

    Be prepared is the message for enjoying some solitude on the beautiful wilderness that is Dartmoor National Park. Check out our advice pages for a checklist of what to do before and during your trip.

    Monday, 06 February 2017 08:22

    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.

    Devon Air Ambulance

    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.

    Sunday, 19 February 2017 08:16

    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.

    Ambulance

    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.

    Monday, 20 February 2017 08:07

    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.

    Emergency Vehicles

    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.

    Friday, 03 March 2017 07:58

    Missing teenager from Ivybridge

    AmbulanceAt 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.

    Thursday, 09 March 2017 17:10

    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.

    Mountain Rescue Ambulance

    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.

    A report on the search by the Crediton Courier

    UPDATE: Devon and Cornwall Police released the following statement on their website on the 29th March 2017.

    ‘Police have located the body of a man during the search for Peter Giles from Newton St Cyres. Officers were concerned for the welfare of Mr Giles, 70, who was reported missing on 8 March. His Land Rover Discovery was found in an area known locally as ‘Newton Rec’ in Newton St Cyres and police carried out detailed searches of the area. The body of a man was located in the River Creedy in Newton St Cyres on 24 March. Formal identification has not yet been carried out but the family of Mr Giles has been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’

    Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of Mr Giles at this very sad time.

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