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    Wednesday, 31 October 2018 11:18

    Search for pensioner centred at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

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    Callout 28/2018 - Weston / Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth. 20:30 30th October 2018

    The team were called last night by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist with a search for a male in his 70s who had gone missing earlier in the day giving cause for concern.

    Dartmoor Rescue volunteers waiting to be deployed at the Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth on a callout for a missing elderly male

    The search was entered around the Donkey Sanctuary / Weston area to the East of Sidmouth, where the gentleman’s car was found and down to the coast. Multiple agencies were involved including Police officers, a Police National Air Service helicopter, Sidmouth Lifeboat, Beer Coastguard Rescue Team, a Coastguard Rescue helicopter and a Devon and Cornwall Police search dog 

    The search was stood-down in the early hours due to the difficult terrain and resumed in daylight this morning.

    Thanks to a member of the public our volunteers located evidence that has significantly narrowed the search area, but due to the difficult terrain, the search was postponed until daylight this morning.

    CALLOUT UPDATE 31st October:  We are very sad to report that a body has been located by Coastguard rescue teams today.  

    The Coastguard along with the Police search manager and staff from the Donkey Sanctuary with local knowledge, working in very difficult terrain, discovered the body of the missing person at the base of Dunscombe Cliffs in dense undergrowth in the area identified by our search teams last night.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the gentleman as this very sad and difficult time.

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