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    Callouts 2015

    Sunday, 27 December 2015 12:12

    Callout to assist with the Yorkshire floods

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    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.   The team were on standby to help with the floods just before Christmas in Cumbria,…
    Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:25

    Stood down on way to callout

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    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.
    Sunday, 08 November 2015 12:29

    Callout Interrupts Trainee Selection Day

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    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.
    Tuesday, 29 September 2015 12:32

    Missing Female Located Following 8 Hour Search

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    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. 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…
    Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:36

    Exeter search

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    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.
    Monday, 10 August 2015 12:41

    Misper Search at Budleigh Salterton

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    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. 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…
    Friday, 07 August 2015 12:49

    Evacuation from Upper Dart Valley

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    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. 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. Our duty search manager commented “This was a…
    Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:11

    Search following report of abandoned kayak

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    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. 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. Thanks to all our volunteers who attended.
    Friday, 03 July 2015 13:19

    Concern for missing male with dementia

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    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. 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.
    Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:23

    Team callout to East Devon

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    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.
    Thursday, 23 April 2015 13:28

    Missing person callout in Torquay

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    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.
    Monday, 20 April 2015 14:07

    Casualty evacuation at Scorriton

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    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. 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

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    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. 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.
    Sunday, 19 April 2015 14:10

    Collapse from heat exhaustion

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    During a sponsored walk event organised by Dartmoor SRT Ashburton on Sunday 19th April, one of the walkers collapsed suffering from heat-related exhaustion. 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.
    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. 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…
    Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:15

    Team called to Widecombe -in-the-Moor

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    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.
    Sunday, 15 February 2015 17:49

    Call Out Upper Dart, 14th February 2015

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    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…
    Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:54

    Team Callout – Haldon Forest

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    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. 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, 18 January 2015 17:58

    Team Call Out – Brixham

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    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
    Saturday, 10 January 2015 18:01

    Teenager missing in Ashburton

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    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.
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