In case of emergency, dial 112 or 999 and ask for the Police

    Callouts 2016

    DSRT - Ashburton

    DSRT - Ashburton

    Monday, 03 August 2015 10:55

    A huge thank you from the team

    A huge thank you from the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton

    OUR VOLUNTEERS who assist Devon’s emergency services when people go missing or become injured in remote locations have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to a fundraising campaign.

    AAP 4191 Version 2

    We only just managed to get our essential control van through its last MoT earlier this year and realised a new one would be needed if our lifesaving work was to continue into 2016 and beyond.

    An appeal for help went out at the end of June with a target of £20,000 that would allow us to buy the base vehicle.

    But just a little more than month later and the fund has topped the £34,000 mark.

    Our team’s delighted fundraising officer Alan Pewsey said: ‘We simply cannot believe how generous people have been and how quickly they’ve responded to our appeal.

    ‘In the first place we’re so grateful to the press who publicised our appeal as widely as they did because thanks to them the calls soon started coming in.

    ‘More than £1,000 was pledged very quickly and then one lady in south Devon contacted us and incredibly offered to donate £20,000 in memory of her late husband.

    ‘We were only just starting to get over the shock of that when the Newton Abbot Hospital League of Friends said they’d like to pledge a further £10,000, we simply couldn’t believe it.

    league fo friends

    ‘With £34,000 in the fund we can not only get the van but equip it too with all the communications, medical and survival kit needed when searching for lost or vulnerable people.

    ‘We respond to about 35 shouts a year on average, any time and anywhere we’re needed, not just on Dartmoor but across Devon including urban areas such as Torbay and Exeter, and our entire operation is funded by the public’s generosity.

    ‘It costs us about £15,000 to keep going for a year and we’re always very grateful for the support people give us.

    ‘But the response to this appeal has been unparalleled and we offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped.

    ‘Even Toby at Pottery Commercials in Newton Abbot has been very generous to us in finding a virtually brand new van at a huge discount and fitting extras free of charge.

    van handover

    ‘We can’t wait to show off it off as soon as it’s on the road and ready for action.

    ‘Again, thank you so very much. Sadly our work never ends but then neither do the bills stop coming in.’

    Press Release courtesy of:

     
    Strategy Public Relations Ltd
     
    07711 595023
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:53

    Support for 4 legged friends

    We are very grateful to Moorgate Veterinary Group who have joined Sibelco in sponsoring our Templer Way Challenge that takes place a week today.

    They are not just sponsoring the challenge either as 2 vets are walking the route and offering free dog first aid to any 4 legged friends taking part should they need it.

    We are very grateful to the guys, girls …. and dogs at Moorgate in supporting the team. The photo shows our Fundraising Officer visiting the Bovey Tracey practice to pick up the donation from vet Ashley Rubens.

    We really appreciate this boost to the Templer Way Challenge and look forward to a really good day next Sunday.

    Saturday, 05 March 2016 18:05

    Standby for collapsed walker

    The team was placed on standby today at 14:32 for a collapsed walker in the Green Hill area of the south moor. The Devon Air Ambulance was tasked to assist the walker and the team was stood down.

    Saturday, 14 May 2016 18:02

    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.

    people

    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 17:59

    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.

    2015 10 04 07.39.37 720x300

    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

    Saturday, 21 May 2016 17:59

    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.

    2015 10 04 07.39.37 720x300

    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 put on standby at 14:13 for a 13yr old male that had become separated from a party on a walk around the Haytor area. Thankfully he turned up at Haytor within 20mins of the conversation with D&C Police, and the team were stood down

    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.

    At 15:27 the team was placed on standby to assist with a search for a missing person in the Ivybridge area. Following receipt of further information by Devon and Cornwall Police of the individual’s potential whereabouts, the team was stood down at 16:13.

    Friday, 03 January 2014 17:49

    Standby due to predicted poor weather

    Immediately following our Newton Abbot callout, our swift water rescue specialists were put on standby to assist the emergency services including Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, HM Coastguard and sister Mountain Rescue teams across the peninsula.

    A deep low pressure system along with saturated ground and high winds and Spring Tides were combining to cause a tidal surge that could cause localised flooding and dangerous high seas along the coast during the early morning of January 3rd. Fortunately, the wind direction and strength changed to lessen the risk and our services were not required. However, further spring tides over the next day or so will mean the heightened alert will continue.

    The team were placed on standby today to assist Exmoor MRT with a missing person search in the Barnstaple area.

    At this stage of the missing person enquiry our services are not required and we have been stood down for the time being.

    Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a 55-year-old man missing from his home in Barnstaple.

    Officers are concerned for the welfare of Christopher Barrow who left his Swimbridge home around 1.30pm on Monday 10 February.

    He disappeared on foot with his pet dog, a long-haired dark-coloured lurcher.

    Police units have been conducting searches across the Barnstaple area for Mr Barrow since yesterday afternoon. The police helicopter and both Dartmoor and Exmoor Rescue Groups are involved in the search as is the Devon Cave Search and Rescue Group.

    Officers are urging anyone who sees Mr Barrow or knows of his whereabouts to contact them immediately.

    He is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall and of slim build. He is clean shaven and has cropped brown hair. He was last seen wearing a red top, blue jeans, tan-coloured work boots and possibly a green jacket.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police on 999, quoting log 510 of 10/02/14.

    Devon and Cornwall Police Appeal

    http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/NewsAppeals/14998

    Thursday, 17 January 2013 17:45

    Team on standby due to expected snow

    The team has been placed on heightened alert for possible callouts relating to the snow tonight 17th January. If you are out overnight take care and be prepared taking spare warm clothes, food and hot drinks with adequate waterproofs and boots should the conditions deteriorate. Keep a sleeping bag in the boot of the car just in case is always a good idea, along with a spade.

    Keep up to date with the weather conditions at http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/weather

    Advice for driving in winter is available on the AA website.

    Our volunteers are on heightened alert for a possible callout should the weather conditions deteriorate further with significant and disruptive snowfall.

    This could include callouts as part of a corodinated response should the Haldon Hill emergency plan come into effect involving the emergency services and other full-time and volunteer organisations including ourselves.

     

    You can keep up to date with the weather conditions using various weather widgets, webcams and weather stations that we have brought together on our website weather pages under the Advice section. http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/weather/

    Saturday, 25 February 2012 17:39

    Alert: Teigngrace

    The team was put on alert ready for a potential search for a missing person at Teigngrace. The team were stood down before a callout was required.

    Tuesday, 03 April 2012 17:38

    Alert: Houndtor

    The team were placed on alert today to assist in evacuation of a casualty. A full team callout was not required.

    Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:37

    Alert: Topsham

    The team were put on an alert today for a potential missing person in the Topsham area near Exeter. Fortunately the person was located before a callout was required.

    Tuesday, 08 May 2012 17:37

    Alert: Torquay

    The team was placed on standby today to assist in a search for a missing person in Torquay. A full team callout was not required.

    Sunday, 15 July 2012 17:36

    Alert: Exeter

    The team was placed on standby to search for a missing person in Exeter. Fortunately a full callout was not required.

    Monday, 23 July 2012 17:32

    Alert: Exeter

    The team was placed on standby this morning to search for a missing person in Exeter. Fortunately a full callout was not required.

    Sunday, 26 August 2012 17:30

    Alert: Totnes

    Team put on stand by at 21.00 for a search for a missing young high risk female from Totnes. Stood down at 21.20 when located by Police.

    The team has been placed on standby by The Police for the expected bad weather today, with our Swift Water and Flood Rescue Technicians being placed on a heightened alert. There are 50 flood warnings currently in place in the south west alone.

    Thursday, 03 January 2013 16:48

    Callout: Parke, Bovey Tracey.

    The search involved our volunteers as well as the Police and a Seaking helicopter from RAF Chivenor with specialist heat sensitive camera equipment. After 7 hours of searching the River Bovey, fields and woodland, the team was stood down around 22:20. Although the gentleman’s van was located, no further sightings of the man had been reported.

    UPDATE 7th January 2013: The man has returned home safe and well. http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/Missing-Bovey-Tracey-man/story-17782256-detail/story.html

    Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:47

    Callout: Yartor Down, Dartmeet

    The team were called to assist South West Ambulance Trust with a lower leg sledging injury at Yartor Down near Dartmeet at 6:30pm on the evening of the 23rd January.
    The team arrived through some very snowy country to assist with a young 18 year old female sledger from Paignton with a suspected fractured leg. It had been snowing on and off during the day and when our volunteers arrived the moor was covered in a thick carpet of snow with more falling and a dense hill fog.

    Once the casualty’s location was ascertained she was attended to by team doctor, nurse and the ambulance paramedic. She was very cold and a little hypothermic so her injury was stabilised before she was transferred on to our stretcher and transported back to the waiting ambulance.

    A successful result . The casualty has contacted us since the accident to confirm she has broken her ankle and it’s a little sore. We wish her well and hope she is back on her feet again soon.

    The incident was reported on by the BBC. Their report is at the following link. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-21176575

    BBC Spotlight video

    Friday, 08 February 2013 16:45

    Callout: Torquay

    The team were called out this afternoon to search woodlands in Torquay for a missing 47 year old. Fortunately the Individual was located quickly and the team stood down before being deployed.

    The team were called by The Police at 8:15 pm on the evening of Saturday 16th February as they were concerned about the welfare of 3 overdue kayakers on the upper Dart gorge.

    Just before nightfall they had been passed by other kayakers who reported them as having difficulties around Euthanasia Falls. On arrival the Police monitored the usual exit points of the gorge for signs of the 3 but when they didn’t appear, we were called to search the upper Dart and the gorge.

     

    Our teams compromising of our Level 2 and 3 Specialist Swift Water Technicians and the South West Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) swept the gorge from Newbridge up to Hockinston Marsh but no signs of the kayakers or their equipment was spotted and the team were stood down around Midnight.

    UPDATE Monday 18th February 2013: Since the callout we have been contacted by a member of the public who believes that their group was the one in question. Three of their party decided to walk out at about 4.30 pm when a few hundred metres below Euthanasia falls. They were well equipped with map, bothy bag, torches, mobile phone etc. The other members of the party finished at Newbridge and drove up to meet them on the track near Venford Reservoir and take them back to lodgings. A group of paddlers did see them but they were given the thumbs up.

    We appreciate the contact we have had from the paddling community and are very pleased that all were safe and well. We would rather be called out and not be needed than not be called which often leads to tragedy.

    For those of you visiting the Paddlers Party at the River Dart Country Park on March 2nd, do come and say hi as we will have some of our Swift Water specialists at the event.

    raffle

    Happy paddling!

    Wednesday, 20 February 2013 16:40

    Callout: Dartington

    The team received a callout request from the Police at 23:30 on Wednesday 20th February.
    A 15 year old with learning difficulties had gone missing in the Dartington area near Totnes.

    Fortunately the Police located the teenager safe and well before our team of volunteers was deployed.

    Great news as search comes to a safe conclusion.

    In the early hours of the 13th March, a 50 year old female went missing from her home in the Tregeare area near Launceston in Cornwall. Our colleagues at Cornwall Search and Rescue Team were asked to assist the Police in the search but were unable to locate her.

    North Dartmoor and Tavistock Search and Rescue teams were deployed in the afternoon to help with the search that carried on into the evening. As temperatures dropped to around freezing Plymouth Search and Rescue and ourselves were asked to continue the search overnight until around 6am. On Thursday the 15th, Exmoor Search and Rescue Team were also deployed with the search being supported throughout by SARDA search and rescue dogs. This is one of the largest regional responses to a search in recent years.

    [pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”70%”] “unpaid volunteers relying almost entirely on the generousity of the public for donations and fundraising to maintain and keep serviceable our specialist equipment and vehicles.”[/pullquote]

    A representative from our team said “All the members of all the mountain rescue teams involved, including the SARDA search dogs, are unpaid volunteers relying almost entirely on the generosity of the public for donations and fundraising to maintain and keep serviceable our specialist equipment and vehicles. We are all working hard along with the local community and the Police for a safe and positive outcome”

    Sunday, 17 March 2013 16:36

    Callout: 17th March Bovey Valley

    A team member who lived locally to the Bovey Valley, was tasked by our Team Leader to assist the Police with locating a family who had called for help after losing their way in the Bovey Valley Woods area between Bovey Tracey and Lustleigh Cleave.

    One member of their party, an 8 year old, was reported as cold, having fallen in the water, however they advised us that they were able to deal with this themselves and were able to walk.

    The Team Leader was involved in conversations between Police control room, a member of the missing party and the Police helicopter, in order to establish their location and direct them to a place of safety. Meanwhile one Hill Party Leader was dispatched to attempt to locate the vehicle belonging to the party in order to establish where they had started their walk.

    hill

    The party were soon located by the helicopter. As they were not far from a road, a member of the helicopter crew was landed to walk them out, where they were met by the DSRT Ashburton Hill Party Leader. One member of the party required treatment for an ankle injury and so was taken to rendezvous with an ambulance. The remainder of the party were assisted in returning to their vehicles.

    The young girl got a clean bill of health off the paramedic.

    All ended happily.

    Monday, 01 April 2013 16:34

    Callout: Misper Torquay

    The team were called early on Easter Monday to search for a missing male despondent in Torquay.

    The team was tasked alongside our Coastguard search and rescue colleagues to cover a significant search area in the Watcombe area of Torquay. The search area included heathland popular with dogwalkers as well as a golf course and difficult terrain including cliffs and dense bramble scrub. The team searched for 8hrs throughout Easter Monday and were eventually stood down around 17:00 and handed over to a combined force of our Dartmoor Rescue colleagues at Plymouth & Okehampton to cover the last few remaining areas.

    We were informed late on the 1st April that the misper presented to Torbay Hospital Accident & Emergency department at around 22:30.

    A large team effort of multiple voluntary and full-time emergency service organisations worked along side each other throughout the search, including the Devon and Cornwall Police helicopter.

    About the team

    We are a voluntary organisation providing a search and rescue expertise to Devon and Cornwall Police 24 x 365. We are funded entirely by public donation receiving no central government funding at all. This year we need over £15,000 of donations to continue to operate. You can help by donating via the following link or by sending a text message to 70070 with the message DART02 £5 (You can donate more or less by changing the £5 in the message to £1, £3 or £10)

    http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/donate/

    Media reports

    ThisisSouthDevon reported on the search.

    http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/Man-search-Watcombe-Torquay/story-18578215-detail/story.html#axzz2PIy4p8uO

    Friday, 12 April 2013 16:32

    CALLOUT: Missing 86 year old male

    The team were called out at 15:45 on Friday 12th April to search for a missing 86 year old male.

    Saturday, 20 April 2013 16:30

    Callout to teenage male

    Callout: Redlake area

    We were called at 1900 today to assist a 10 Tors team on Dartmoor, in which one member had sustained an ankle injury. The casualty was being looked after by the party leaders near to Crossways, which despite being several kilometres from a road is accessible by Landrover via the disused Red Lake tramway.

    This was a limited callout, involving 3 members. The casualty and 2 party leaders were evacuated to their vehicles and we returned to the Rescue Centre by 2300.

    UPDATE: – The party leader commented on the experience

    Thank you very much for your assistance yesterday evening on getting one of my team off the moor from the marker stone at SX 647 659,.

    Your regular updates of where your members were to my two leaders was much appreciated. The injured team member was still unable to put weight on it the morning after the event and it has been confirmed by A and E as a damaged ligament….he is still hoping to do the event in 3 weeks time…..hopefully you won’t be needed again then!

    Your helpfulness in getting the leaders back to their vehicles was also very much appreciated.

    Monday, 29 April 2013 16:29

    Callout to a missing Paignton woman

    The team were called this afternoon to search for a Paignton mother who had been missing overnight. Police were concerned for her welfare, given the circumstances of her departure from home and after intensive investigation failed to give any indication of her whereabouts. Following a meeting between the Police and a team Search Manager, the full team were called and a response of 20 members was expected initially with 8 more to follow. Teams from Plymouth and Okehampton were advised in case additional resources were required.

    Fortunately, the missing person was found soon after the teams started their searches and we were stood down just 100 minutes after the call out.

    Press report on the incident: http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/Woman-major-search-launched/story-18869759-detail/story.html#axzz2S8sREElF

    Friday, 03 May 2013 16:27

    Callout to missing female

    Just under twenty team members responded to a request for assistance from DSRT Okehampton (Northmoor) last night around 22:00.

    The team deployed to assist in a search for a missing woman. Shortly after our team’s started their search area’s a body was found by colleagues from Okehampton. Following this discovery the search was suspended while the Police investigation continues.

    The team’s thoughts are with the missing person’s family and friends.

    The team were called this afternoon to assist the ambulance service with an evacuation from the Rippon Tor area of Dartmoor of a casualty with a reported severe bleed.

    On arrival at the RV the Devon Air Ambulance was in the area and treated the casualty for a lower leg injury at the scene before transferring to a land ambulance at the road head for transportation to hospital.

    Our volunteers were called to the 2nd team callout of the bank holiday Monday with thirty-five team members responding to a request for assistance from Devon & Cornwall Police last night around 18:35.

    The team deployed to assist in a search for a missing female In the Newton Abbot area. Following a 4 hour search the missing person was located and first aid performed along with Paramedic assistance. The lady was airlifted to Hospital but unfortunately did not survive and was pronounced dead on arrival. The Police investigation continues.

    The team’s thoughts are with the missing person’s family and friends.

    A report on the search has been posted on the thisissouthdevon website.

    http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/

    Today the team were called to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a missing person enquiry. We were tasked to search various areas in the Paignton area as allocated by the Police as part of their Operation Seeker enquiry.

    Magdalena Krawiec was last seen on CCTV leaving the place she was staying in Paignton at 8pm on Tuesday 14 May 2013.

    Police and family members are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare after she didn’t turn up for work.

    Magdalena is described as 5ft 10, white European, slim build with short brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black, PVC or leather coat, dark top, grey leggings or tight fitting jeans and a black top. She was carrying a shoulder bag, which may have been green, and wearing black shoes with white socks. Police are carrying out searches in Paignton for Magdalena and are being assisted by Dartmoor Search and Rescue – Ashburton and the Coastguard.

    Anyone who sees her or knows of her whereabouts is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 232 of 15 May 2013.

    The Herald Express has been reporting on the inquiry.

    http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Detectives-hunt-missing-Magdalena-Krawiec/story-19015577-detail/story.html

    The Police investigation continues.

    UPDATE 26th May 2013: Good news, Magdalena has been found safe and well.

     

    http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/BREAKING-Missing-Magda-safe-Paignton/story-19095630-detail/story.html

    Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:17

    Callout: Misper at Rockbeare

    At 5:30am the team were called to assist the Police and North Dartmoor Search and Rescue with a missing person enquiry.

    An elderly lady was believed to have gone missing in the Rockbeare area to the East of Exeter. Further information received by the Police shortly after we were called resulted in the team being stood down about an hour after we were called.

    The lady has been found safe and well.

    Sunday, 23 June 2013 16:16

    Callout: New Bridge

    The team were called after calls for help were heard in the arly hours of Sunday morning in the Dart Gorge.

    The rescue involved team members and some pretty amazing flying by RAF Chivenor. Fortunately the individuals were located by team members and they were safe and well.

    Friday, 12 July 2013 16:11

    Callout: Tragic incident at Haytor

    A woman and a five-year-old boy die

    The team were called to assist the emergency services with a tragic incident at Haytor.

    A woman and a five-year-old boy died falling between 80-100ft (24-30m) at Haytor. A force spokesman said no formal identification has taken place but officers had begun a murder inquiry. Police added that nobody else was being sought in connection with the deaths.

    An air ambulance, a police helicopter, park rangers and members of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team at Ashburton went to Haytor after an incident was reported shortly before 12:00 BST.

    policeman

    Our thoughts are with the family.

    Press reports on the incident:

    http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/UPDATE-Haytor-Deaths-Murders-lead-case-review/story-19514165-detail/story.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-23286952

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-23299038

    Saturday, 27 July 2013 14:47

    Callout: Late return of lone walker

    A lone walker was reported overdue by his family on a walk on the moors on Friday evening that prompted a limited callout of team members to search for the man throughout the night and in to Saturday morning.

    He returned home safe and well late Saturday morning.

    At 8am this morning the team were called, along with North Dartmoor and SARDA search dog teams, to assist in a search for a high risk missing person on the outskirts of Exeter.

    The ground included a mix of environments including urban streets, parkland and woodland with areas of dense bramble, nettles and scrub.

    It has been a long day and we would just like to thank the members of the public who very kindly refreshed our volunteers with cups of tea and some food. It is very much appreciated.

    search dog at rest

    On Friday 26 July Alma Royle was seen wearing a couple of slightly different outfits. When she went missing she was wearing either a red long sleeved top, black knee length skirt and black shoes, or a long green duffle coat, black knee length skirt and brown boots.

    She is described as around 5ft 5ins, grey hair, proportionate build, active and sprightly. She does not have a stoop as mentioned in the previous release.

    She was seen visiting the nearby Co-op store at different times on Friday.

    Police believe she was last seen at 3pm in Heron Way, St Thomas, looking dazed and confused. She may have headed towards Cowick Street or the St Thomas area of Exeter.

    For up to date information regarding the search operation go to the Devon and Cornwall Police website.

    http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/NewsAppeals/14497

    If anyone has any information or thinks they may have seen Alma, please contact Devon & Cornwall police on 101, quoting log 806 of 27/07/13.

    Related callout: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/callout-20130731/

    Team called to continue search

    The team were again to continue the search into new areas for the missing Exeter pensioner Alma Royle. Alma went missing on Friday 26th July from the St Thomas area of Exeter and has not been seen since. Police are very concerned for her welfare and launched a large scale search investigation.

    Unfortunately no trace of Alma was discovered on this second callout and the investigation is still open and continues, Our thoughts are with her family and we continue to hope for a successful outcome.

    The original callout report can be found at the following link: http://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/callout-20130728/

    The Devon and Cornwall Police news release http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/NewsAppeals/14497

    Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:21

    Callout: Cragfast on Haytor

    The team were called at 15:51 to assist the Ambulance service with a female stranded on top of Haytor. Fortunately the ambulance service moved the lady to safety and we were stood down whist on the way

    Team callout, to a 60 year old male reported to be in distress this afternoon. We are happy to report that he turned up safe and well in the area of Venford Reservoir, after having been spotted on Buckfastleigh Down (below Pupers Hill) apparently confused and agitated

    Tuesday, 03 September 2013 14:16

    Difficult rescue in the Upper Dart Gorge

    At 18:00 this evening we were called to assist the Westcountry Ambulance Service with the rescue of a young female casualty who had sustained a knee injury in the Upper Dart Gorge between Dartmeet and Newbridge on Dartmeet.

    Access into the gorge is difficult as it is steep sided and thick with gorse and ferns. Progress can be made along the river from both Newbridge and Dartmeet, although it is slow and difficult as slippery and narrow in places, and ill advised when the river level is high.

    The grid reference location of the casualty was confirmed by the Seaking, Rescue 169 from RAF Chivenor as being adjacent the river on the gorge bottom, but as the casualty’s condition was not life threatening and the winch operation would have been tricky, a decision was made for our volunteers to evacuate the casualty by stretcher up the side of the gorge to a waiting land ambulance.

    Fortunately we train regularly in the gorge and have identified evacuation points should the need arise. Our team of volunteers assessed the casualty’s injuries, made her comfortable and transferred her to our stretcher. A rope system was rigged to lift the stretcher from the incident location and continue safely up the East side of the gorge to Dr Blackall’s Drive where our Landrover Ambulance, DART52, transferred the casualty to the road head above Newbridge, and into the care of the Westcountry Ambulance Service

    We would like to thank all our volunteers who attended the incident for the professional and efficient job they did in a very challenging location. We also wish the young female casualty a very speedy recovery.

    Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:12

    Missing pensioner found safe and well

    Devon and Cornwall Police were concerned for a pensioner who went missing around 4pm on Tuesday 17th September.

    Around 03:30 on the 18th, a full team callout was issued to assist the Police and HM Coastguard with a search for the gentleman around his home address in the Brixham / Churston Ferrers area of Torbay. Rescue 169 Seaking helicopter from RAF Chivenor was also deployed in the search.

    Just after 08:30 this morning, he was located safe and well at a property in South Brent.

    Sunday, 22 September 2013 14:09

    Callout for high risk missing person, Torbay

    At 22:55 on the 22nd September the team were called out by Devon and Cornwall Police to assist in a field search for a high risk male missing person on the edge of Torbay. Thirty minutes after the callout was initiated, the team were stood down as they made there way to the RV

    Saturday, 05 October 2013 14:06

    Lost in the Dart Gorge

    Our Team Leader was contacted by the Police following a call for help made by a small group who had become lost in the Upper Dart Gorge area below Dr Blackalls Drive. He contacted the group by phone and assisted in helping them relocate themselves and finding their way back to their car.

    Sunday, 06 October 2013 14:05

    One of our quickest ‘finds’ ever

    On Sunday October 6th, our team leader and a number of our team members and search managers were deployed in the Cross Furze area near Buckfastleigh assisting with the annual Abbots Way Walk from Buckfast Abbey to Tavistock providing radio and safety cover for the event.

    During the event our Team Leader was contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police with regard to a missing despondent from the Buckfastleigh area and was asked if the team members could maintain a lookout and sweep some of the local roads.

    A few minutes after the contact, leaving our Control Vehicle to engage some team members on a search, our team leader spotted a person matching the description about 100 metres away and deployed a team member to investigate. The individual was confirmed as being the missing person and handed over to the care of the Police.

    Having brought the search to a successful conclusion we carried on with our task in hand of supporting the Abbots Way.

    Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:03

    Full team callout to search for missing child

    At 22:20 a full team callout was issued to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a missing person search around Abbotskerswell. A child had gone missing from his bed at around 21:15

    Fortunately shortly after the call was raised the child was found safe and well and the team were stood down at 23:12.

    Press report

    Torquay Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Missing-boy-Abbotskerswell-bed/story-20017339-detail/story.html

    Sunday, 03 November 2013 13:59

    Callout: Missing person Chudleigh

    A full team callout was issued by Devon and Cornwall Police on Sunday November 3rd to assist with a search for a missing male in his 60’s at Chudleigh. The team were on site at 09:30 and began a systematic search of the areas highlighted by the Police Lost Person Search Manager (LPSM). Alongside our volunteers, the Police helicopter was also deployed in the search.

    A body was found mid morning and the subsequent Police investigation identified the body as that of the missing person Mike Vincent.

    The thoughts and sympathies of the team are with the gentleman’s family and friends at this sad time.

    Links

    Devon and Cornwall Police website: http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/NewsAppeals/14746

    Torquay herald Express http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Police-confirm-identity-body-Chudleigh/story-20039851-detail/story.html

    Friday, 29 November 2013 13:58

    Police concerned for missing 50 yr old male

    UPDATE 29/11/2013 08:10 – the missing male has been located safe and well.

    A full team callout was initiated at 2am this morning to assist the Devon and Cornwall Police in a search for a missing 50 year old male.

    Police are growing increasingly concerned for Stuart Glanville who is regarded as vulnerable and was last seen at around 7am on Sunday 17 November outside of the Spar shop, in Battle Road, Heathfield, Newton Abbot.

    He is thought to be in the Heathfield area.

    Stuart is described as white, aged 50, of medium build with short brown wavy hair. He was last seen wearing trousers and a coat with a back pack.

    He has a brace on his right leg and walks with the aid of two crutches.

    If anyone has seen Stuart or has any information regarding his current whereabouts then please contact the police on 101 quoting police reference 523 of 281113.

    Police news release: http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/NewsAppeals/14817

    Friday, 13 December 2013 13:55

    Missing person, Exeter

    The team were called to the Exeter St David’s area on Wed 11th Dec, to assist the Police in locating a vulnerable missing person from the city. The search centered around the river and rail lines for approx 2.5 hours, before being informed that she had travelled out of the area.

    Saturday, 07 January 2012 13:54

    Callout: Newbridge

    The team were called out this evening to search for a group of overdue canoeists. Fortunately the canoeists were located before the team were deployed in the search area.

    Friday, 20 January 2012 13:53

    Callout – Churston Ferrers

    Search for a high risk missing person in Churston Ferrers. After an extensive and lengthy overnight search we were stood down. Plymouth and Tavistock teams resumed the search over the weekend. Unfortunately a body was found by Police in Brixham on the Sunday afternoon.

    Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:53

    Callout – Salcombe

    Call out for a high risk missing person in the Salcombe area. We joined forces with the Plymouth Team and despite numerous hours of searching into the night we were unsuccessful in locating the person. Sadly he was found the following day in the sea. Our condolences go to his relatives.

    Saturday, 11 February 2012 13:52

    Callout – Haytor

    Callout 40yr old female walker lost in the Hay Tor area; evacuated by Ambulance before team deployed.

    Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:50

    Callout – River Ash

    Female despondent reported in the River Ash; evacuated by the Fire Service before team deployed. Stood down en route.

    Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:49

    Callout – Hembury Woods

    Two young female horse-riders overdue in the Hembury Woods area. Found by Police with assistance from the Team.

    Tuesday, 20 March 2012 13:47

    Callout: Postbridge

    The team were called out today to search for a missing male walker.

    Friday, 13 April 2012 13:46

    Callout: Totnes

    The team were called out to search for a missing female despondent.

    Monday, 16 April 2012 13:45

    Callout: Exeter

    The team were called out today to search for a female despondent in Exeter

    Saturday, 05 May 2012 13:39

    Callout: Houndtor

    The team was called out today to assist the SIr Ambulance in evacuation of a male climber who had fallen from the tor and sustained multiple serious injuries. The casualty was evacuated to the Air Ambulance and airlifted to hospital

    Saturday, 30 June 2012 13:35

    Callout: Haytor

    The team were called out today to evacuate a female walker with an ankle injury from Haytor.

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 13:33

    Callout – Yealmpton

    Callout – Team called out to assist with evacuation of residents at Yealmpton due to high levels of flood water

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=440634395970353&id=249961447544

    Saturday, 07 July 2012 13:26

    Callout - Exeter

    209012 10150947268472545 351964983 n 300x225

    Callout. Team called out to assist with search around Exeter Quay following reports of somebody being spotted in difficulty in the water.

    336078 10151008028419588 761562204 o

    Team search banks for 4 hours, and were stood down around 3PM. Call, although with good intention, was probably a false alarm with no persons reported missing or found.

    The below link is to photographs from the day that are on the team pages on Facebook.

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=440634395970353&id=249961447544

    Tuesday, 10 July 2012 13:25

    Callout: Redlake

    The team were called out today to evacuate a female walker with an ankle injury from Redlake on the south moor. The team Land Rover was able to reach the walker and evacuate her safely

    Tuesday, 24 July 2012 13:23

    Callout – Sparkwell Golf Club

    Callout Team called to assist the North Dartmoor team with an unconscious casualty at Sittaford Moor Gate. Air ambulance evacuated.

    Tuesday, 24 July 2012 13:22

    Callout – Sittaford Moor Gate

    Team called to assist the North Dartmoor team with an unconscious casualty at Sittaford Moor Gate.

    Air ambulance evacuated.

    Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:21

    Callout – Spitchwick

    Callout to Spitchwick to assist South West Ambulance Trust with evacuation of a male with a head injury

    Friday, 03 August 2012 13:19

    Callout – Peat Cot

    The team were put on alert at 07:56am then called out at 10:05am to assist the Plymouth team in searching for a group of Scouts who had gone missing.

    Scouts were found safe and well and team stood down at 11:02am

    This is South Devon report.

    http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/Helicopter-search-Scouts-missing-Dartmoor/story-16643177-detail/story.html

    http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/Scouts-overnight-search-Dartmoor/story-16643707-detail/story.html

    Tuesday, 07 August 2012 13:18

    Callout: Shipley Bridge

    The team were called at 16:24 to rescue a teenage female casualty from Berkshire who had injured her leg around Ryder’s Rock’s near Shipley Bridge. The girl, who was on a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition, suffered serious leg injuries in an accident at Shipley Bridge, near South Brent.

    Friday, 10 August 2012 13:16

    Callout: Spitchwick

    Callout to Deeper Marsh Spitchwick as a male had injured himself whilst ‘tomb-stoning’. The male was airlifted to hospital with an ankle injury.

    Monday, 13 August 2012 13:13

    Callout: Cockington Torquay

    The Police were alerted when carers called on Mrs Street at about 6pm. The last possible sighting of Mrs Street was around 1.30-1.45pm in the Occombe Farm shop at Preston.

    A Police spokesman said “We are treating Mrs Street as high risk due to medical conditions and have had officers supported by the Police helicopter, Coastguard and Dartmoor Rescue Group involved in the search.”

    The team searched o/night with help from the Plymouth team as well as a SARDA SW search dog.

    UPDATE: 13th Aug 2012 14:55 from DC Police.

    Margaret Street has been found safe and well just after 14:15 today. Police and Ambulance crews were on scene. All 4 of the Dartmoor Rescue Group (ourselves, Plymouth, Tavistock & North Dartmoor) were involved over night and today, as well as 4 dog teams and their handlers from SARDA SW.

    Police officers became concerned for the safety of the 76-year-old who was reported missing from her home in Torquay on Sunday 12 August. A police spokesman said: “We would like to thank the public for their support and help in finding her safe.”

    Devon & Cornwall Police Helicopter: Police Helicopter Locates Missing Female in Torbay.

    Monday, 20 August 2012 13:12

    Callout: Haytor

    Assisting the land ambulance crew in the evacuation to hospital of a 70 year old female who had slipped and sustained a suspected broken ankle.

    Saturday, 25 August 2012 13:11

    Callout: Spitchwick

    Called out at 11.30am to pick up an injured male at Spitchwick. Stood down at 11.45am as he had been helivac’d.

    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

    landrover side view

    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.

    noss mayo

    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.

    rescue post

    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.

    20130401 125733 Version 2

    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/

    Page 1 of 2
    © 2017 DSRT Ashburton. All Rights Reserved. Charity Number: 1106098. Designed by iGOweb