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    DSRT Ashburton

    DSRT Ashburton

    We’d like to send a big thank you to St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group for raising £1,000 and the annual River Dart clean up for raising a further £535 for the team at the River Dart Country Park during November.

    Cheque presentation to Dartmoor Search and rescue Ashburton from St James's Place Investment Management.

    We really appreciate the support and it was great to meet a fabulous group of people from CRS Adventures and St James’s Place Wealth Management at the Country Park for a cheque presentation.

    The photo shows Nik, Al and Dave accepting the donations from our team with Mark Allen from the River Dart Clean Up in the front row, supported by CRS Adventures and the guys and girls from St James’s Place Wealth Management, and of course Maggie one of our Landrover Ambulances.

    Find out more about the service St James’s Place Wealth Management do at:

    Devon Vintage Car Club has been supporting us alongside our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue throughout the year as its supported 2015 charities.

    Following this support we were delighted to attend a cheque presentation at Ivybridge where both teams received cheques for £1250.

    Cheque presentation to Dartmoor Search and rescue from vintage car enthusiasts

    With a fine collection of classic vehicles – including 2 search and rescue Landrovers obviously, members of the club handed over cheques to each of the 2 teams. The photo shows team member Rob White collecting our cheque on behalf of our team.

    Team Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey said “It’s great to be nominated by businesses and organisations such as the Devon Vintage Car Club to be their charity of the year. We are very grateful as we rely almost entirely on donations to continue to provide our service to those in need not just on Dartmoor but across Devon. ”

    Monday, 08 May 2017 15:28

    Team Member Interview - Al Pewsey

    In this series of team member interviews, we find out more about what makes our volunteers tick. For our fifth interview we talk to our Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey, 

    Al Pewsey

    What is your role within the team and what does it involve?

    Apart from a callout member I am also the team Fundraising Officer. We rely on the general public for around 92% of our funding so my main role is looking for opportunities for raising funds and liaising with our supporters who are vital to us remaining operational. It’s a fabulous job to have because I get to meet lots of very lovely individuals, groups, societies and businesses who support the team in so many different ways and for so many different reasons. I run lots of presentations to groups and societies talking about the work of the team, get to have my photo taken at cheque handovers, organise fundraising at events like our Templer Way sponsored walk and the Dartmoor Classic and generally keep myself busy representing the team anyway I can.

    I also head up the team that runs the team website and social media feeds so that also keeps me busy!

    When did you join DSRTA and why?

    I was originally part of the Okehampton team in the 1980’s but had to leave when work commitments got in the way. Moving on to 2009, a friend of mine was part of the Ashburton team and he rekindled my interest in rejoining. As I enjoyed my time at Okehampton and the time was right for me to give up some spare time again as its quite a commitment, I applied and was lucky enough to be offered a place as a trainee in 2010.

    Tell us about your day job?

    I worked as a Presales Technical Networks Consultant, helping businesses to link their sites and offices for communications not just in Devon but across the country. It was not very exciting and I took the opportunity to leave late last year. I'm now having a break before I decide what to do next.

    Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

    Lots. Cycling (don’t mention bollards!), photography, travel, keeping fit, theatre lighting, walking, climbing (not very good) and water sports.

    Choose 5 words which best describe your experiences with DSRTA

    Great people. Busy. Very rewarding

    Where is your favourite part of Dartmoor and why?

    The beauty of Dartmoor is it has so much to offer at any time of year and what ever your mood so I have lots of favourite places. However my long time favourite place is Gidleigh Common as it has so much to offer with scenery, antiquities, the River Teign and of course peace and quiet.

    Jam or Cream first?

    Cream, there is no other way ..... duuuuhh!

    The Rolling Stones or The Beetles?

    Stones everytime.

    Favourite part of being part of the team?

    The camaraderie is fabulous and I work with some amazingly talented people. It is great to know that no matter what time of day or night, our volunteers will drop everything to search for somebody they don’t know regardless of the circumstances. It restores your faith in human nature.

    In this series of team member interviews, we find out more about what makes our volunteers tick. For our fourth interview we talk to Andrew Luscombe, affectionately known as Lugs, the custodian of our team equipment and vehicles.


    1) What is your role within the team and what does it involve?

    I am currently the team’s Vehicle Officer and Equipment Officer. My role is to ensure that all our vehicles are roadworthy and the kit within them is operational and up to date with a full checklist being completed weekly, this includes dealing with insurances, MOT’s plus any repair work, much of which is carried out in house. My extended role as EO includes checking all of our operational kit, ropes, water PPE, radios, medical gases, team bags, cas bags, vacuum mattresses and stretchers to name a few.

    2) When did you join DSRTA and why?

    I joined DSRTA in November 2011 as a trainee, and received my jacket in January 2013. It had been a long held desire to join the team and took some time(years) to buck up the courage to apply, I’m very glad I did…

    3) Tell us about your day job?

    I used to fettle wooden dowels for NASA, however due to the demise of the shuttle programme work dried up so I now work as a building contractor…

    4) Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

    I’ve always had an interest in birds, encouraged by my grandfather who in the 50’s and 60’s maintained bird counts for the RSPB and worked closely with H G Hurrell for many years. I occasionally knock out the odd painting,   trying to complete my collection of The Countryman magazine I’m missing 1927-1930, and have a constantly growing collection of minerals and fossils. Currently looking for an old brit motorcycle to restore, the more knackered the better!

    5) Choose 5 words which best describe your experiences with DSRTA

    Satisfying, challenging, diverting, poignant, warm.

    6) Where is your favourite part of Dartmoor and why?

    Mount Misery, pitch black, fog, heavy sideways rain and barely above freezing….

    Other than that both the Avon and the Dart. The Avon because I’ve known this river and all her moods since I was a small child. The Dart, from the source of both the East and West Dart to Dartmeet and beyond to New Bridge, sometimes on these stretches you could quite easily be on another planet.

    7) Jam or Cream first?

    Jam on the left and cream on the right

    8) The Rolling Stones or The Beetles?

    Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, ACDC, Wagner, Puccini, currently Electro Swing…anything really as long as its not jazz, jazz is just plain wrong..

    Ramblings of a Mountain Rescue Team.

    Hill Party Leader Steve Jones and Fundraising Officer Al Pewsey talk to BBC Radio Devon’s Shep on the past 40 years for the team and what’s ahead for the next 40 years.


    Monday, 07 March 2016 09:36

    The secret life of a Search Manager

    Team Roles. Episode 1, the Search Manager

    We are often asked by members of the public about the different roles there are in the team, and what tasks are undertaken by these roles.

    Well, in the first of this series on team roles, we introduce you to the secret World of a Search Manager. So what goes on behind the closed doors of our search control vehicle? We take you into their new office, our freshly fitted our new Control Vehicle complete with all mod cons,  while the duty Search manager had zipped out for a quick break during a particularly arduous shift to give you a sneak preview.

    Keep it to yourself mind as it’s a closely guarded secret.  ;-)


    With the trusty old Seaking being replaced, the team along with the remaining Dartmoor Rescue teams, undertook a familiarisation exercise this evening with the Merlin helicopter in preparation for Ten Tors. It’s a completely different beast to the Seaking and important we are trained in how to work with them safely.

    Thanks to the crews from RNAS Yeovilton for their valuable time.


    Thursday, 12 May 2016 09:26

    Ten Tors Behind the Scenes

    For over 40 years, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton has been supporting the annual Ten Tors Expedition. Over 2,400 young people taking on the challenge of Ten Tors over 35, 45 or 55 miles, as well as the Jubilee Event that gives those with additional challenges the chance to get involved.

    We camp at Sittaford Moor Gate for the weekend and this short video gives a behind the scenes look of what we get up too.


    Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:21

    A Big Noise for Charity

    Big Noise Chorus, Ashburton’s new pop and rock choir, brought their fantastic foot-stomping concert of popular classics to the Methodist Church in Ashburton with songs from Ben E. King to Amy Winehouse and Queen.

    The concert raised over £500 for team funds that will go towards helping those in need and effectively help to save lives.  Some of our volunteers gave a demonstration of some of the equipment we use along with a brief talk on the sort of work we do.

    Big Noise Chorus cheque presentation to Ashburton charity Dartmoor Search and Rescue

    Big Noise Chorus is a network of 4 community pop/rock choirs around the South West raising money for charity with their highly popular concerts which are renowned for their fun, inclusive and high quality approach to community choirs.  Colin Rea, the choirs’ founder and conductor said “It is a real privilege to be able to support such excellent charitable work in the area. Over the past 6 years our choirs have raised over £65,000 for various charities, many of them local. It is incredibly exciting to be able to use our music-making to put back into the community and support such excellent causes.”

    The choir goes from strength to strength and new members are always very welcome. No audition necessary. For more information go to their website

    Staff and students at Newton Abbot College are celebrating an incredible start to their fundraising efforts for the academic year by presenting a cheque to the College’s chosen charity, Dartmoor Search and Rescue – Ashburton, for £570.99 following the huge success of their student-run Christmas Fayre on December 11 2015.

    Newton Abbot College presents a cheque donation to local Devon rescue charity Dartmoor Search and Rescue

    The annual Fayre, a highlight in the College’s calendar, is organised and run entirely by students; stalls included homemade baked goods, craft creations, face painting, hook-a-duck, book stalls and many more. More than 150 local primary school pupils were invited to the College to take part in the day, which included craft workshops in the Art Department as well as a visit to the Fayre to stock up on Christmas gifts and goodies.

    Laura Davey, Teacher of Business Studies and lead organiser of the event, was thrilled with the Fayre and the incredible fundraising total: “This is the third Christmas Fayre organised by the College and by far the most successful. Its success can be solely contributed to the commitment and creativity shown by students across the College to deliver a truly fantastic event. Their passion and determination to fundraise for the College’s annual charity has been truly inspiring and we couldn’t be happier with the amount raised.”

    Alan Pewsey, Fundraising Officer for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Ashburton, was equally as thrilled: “The team are incredibly grateful for the support shown by Newton Abbot College; their fantastic fundraising efforts will go towards saving lives and the money raised will really help people in need in the local community.”

    A BOVEY TRACEY firm has delighted members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton by becoming headline sponsors for the charity’s 2016 Templer Way Challenge.

    Templer Way 2016 plastic surgeon launch

    The deal could result in as much as £5,000 from Plastic Surgeon Fine Finishers with management pledging to match funds raised by staff who undertake the 18-mile sponsored walk on sunday April 24.

    That amount could make serious inroads into the £20,000 it takes to keep the lifesaving volunteers able to respond to the 35 or so shouts they receive each year.

    Last Christmas their expertise was even called for in Yorkshire when floods devastated a number of communities.

    ‘Plastic Surgeon have given the 2016 Templer Way Challenge a real kick start and we’re extremely grateful for their support,’ said team fundraising officer Alan Pewsey.

    ‘Now we’re looking forward to the event, our sixth, with great anticipation and hoping to attract plenty of walkers who will have a great day with us.

    TW2016 logo 292x300

    ‘Everyone will set off from Haytor Quarry and make their way to Shaldon, and the best bit is it’s all down hill!’

    ‘We usually have about 100 people take part and we’re hopeful we can do that again this year. Registering for the event is via our website at We’d also like to hear from other businesses if they’d like to follow Plastic Surgeon’s lead and become corporate sponsors, we really do appreciate the help.’

    Plastic Surgeon is based in Bovey Tracey but has seven regional centres across the country and employs almost 200 staff.

    It specialises in surface repairs to materials such as metal, plastic and render. Customers include major housebuilders, insurance firms and private householders.

    Managing Director Rob Mouser said: ‘There are two reasons we’ve chosen to support Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, one is that they’re local and relevant to people here and the other is that we always do things which encourage teamwork among our staff.

    ‘I’m not sure yet how many colleagues will be taking part but we’re aiming for 20. I’ve done the walk before as have some others but this will be the first time as a company that we’ve sponsored it.

    ‘It promises to be a great day.’

    Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:41

    Templer Way Challenge 2016. The best yet!

    Charity walk raises £11,000 for Ashburton rescuers

    An 18-mile sponsored walk has seen over £11,000 raised for Dartmoor Search and Rescue, as 150 people walked from the Haytor Information Centre in Dartmoor National Park to Shaldon on the Devon coast.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton's Templer way 2016 fundraising sponsored walk

    The walk was aimed at raising funds for the Dartmoor Search and Rescue team based at Ashburton, a voluntary organisation and registered charity, which relies on fundraising to keep its team fully equipped and prepared to deal with the many emergencies it attends each year.

    Craig Scollick of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton said: “This event is very important to the team remaining operational as it is our largest fundraiser of the year, raising around a third of our annual running costs. We get called around 30 times a year to help those in need, not just on the moor, but the lost, missing, injured and vulnerable across Devon and sometimes further afield to major incidents like the recent floods at York. We rely on public donation for over 90% of our funding, so everybody who has taken part or supported this year’s event has effectively helped to save lives.”

    He continued: ‘The event has become more and more popular with numbers increasing each year to walk the historic trail. We see lots of familiar faces returning as well as plenty of new faces too. Word seems to get around as to what an enjoyable walk it is and with the added attraction of having the support of team members walking the route and providing safety cover, it gives members of the public a great opportunity to not just enjoy a fabulous walk, but find out more about the life saving work we do by talking to team members along the way”

    Bovey Tracey’s Mayor Ulli Arnold set the walkers on their way for the event, which is now in its 6th year.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton's Templer Way fundraiser

    The main sponsor of this year’s event was Plastic Surgeon, a nationwide surface repair specialist with headquarters in Bovey Tracey. The team at Plastic Surgeon contributed £5,358 of the £10,000 total with the staff raising funds that the firm then topped up to add to the total.

    Team Fundraising Officer Alan Pewsey of Dartmoor Search and Rescue said: “We are very grateful to the team at Plastic Surgeon who have played a huge part in the success of this year’s event. Their enthusiasm has been infectious with the event being the most successful fundraising event we’ve ever put on, raising almost £10,000 so far with more donations expected to come in.  We loved having them involved and we are very grateful for all their fantastic support.”

    Rob Mouser, Managing Director of Plastic Surgeon said: “Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton do a terrific job and often under very difficult circumstances. It’s important that they get the right funding to carry out their work and we’re absolutely delighted to be helping them. It’s a really worthwhile cause and we’re proud to be involved.”

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton's Templer Way fundraiser

    Alan Pewsey concluded: “We’d like to extend a very big thank you to all the participants, their supporters, team members, Plastic Surgeon and Sibelco who have also sponsored the event again this year. Early feedback we have had from participants and team members alike is that they thoroughly enjoyed the day and we will definitely be looking to run the event again in April 2017.”

    For more information on Plastic Surgeon, please visit

    Photo album of the event 

    Templer Way 2016

    Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:34

    Mountain Rescue Casualty Care Success

    Congratulations to the 16 team members who passed their Mountain Rescue Casualty Care assessment at the weekend, especially to those taking it for the first time. The MR Cas Care assessment is an advanced qualification above the standard levels of first aid competence that all our members have to have.


    The team now has 34 qualified advanced ‘Cas Carers’ within the team, which is something we are very proud of. The success is testament to the time and effort put in not just by our volunteers to train, revise and take the exam, but also to our Medical Team lead by Dr Rich and Dr Tas, who put in a considerable amount of their own time to train our volunteers to the standard required.

    We extend our congratulations to the volunteers who also took the assessment from other teams across the region.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) – 40th Anniversary celebration

    This November saw the 40th Anniversary of the creation of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton). To celebrate, black ties were tied and posh frocks were worn to a formal dinner where current and, past members and their partners mingled with honoured guests from Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon Fire and Rescue Service and Dartmoor National Park. The event was held in the magnificent surroundings of the Grand Hall of the Dartington Hall Trust. The Grand Hall was first build in the 1400s and this historical location with its vaulted ceiling seemed somehow fitting to represent the endurance and resilience of the rescue team. We were extremely grateful to the Dartington Hall Trust for the donation of the use of the grand hall for this event.

    Dartmoor rescuers celebrate 40 years saving lives with a gala dinner at Dartington Hall

    As the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) Chairman, Alec Collyer said at the event :

    ‘1976 saw the formation of the Ashburton team which had a handful of members and a few bits of gear in a drying shed behind Ashburton Police station. Today we have 60 members ready to respond 24/7 and 365 days/year using equipment and undertaking training which in some cases would be unrecognisable to those who joined the team all those years ago’. Alec closed his speech in toasts to absent friends, a recognition of the support we all receive from family, friends and organisations enabling us to do what we do and to the future of the team.

    Alec modestly forgot to mention he was one of those early starters when he was in his late teens and he is still an active hill member and Hill Party Leader.

    Standing in for the Chief Constable was Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, Commander, Alliance Operations Department, Devon & Cornwall Police. In his speech he said:

    ‘It was an honour to attend the 40th anniversary of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton), For 40 years DSRT Ashburton have worked very closely with the police to ensure the public are safe when visiting and working on Dartmoor, and more recently I have seen DSRT Ashburton helping the police in the urban areas of Devon as we look for missing people. I have always found the DSRT Ashburton volunteers to be very professional and dedicated in what they do. They turn out, day or night, regardless of the weather conditions. Our communities can be rightly proud of these people and I look forward to our close relationship continuing through future decades’

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton celebrates its 40th anniversary with a gala dinner at Dartington Hall

    Ian Lowcock, Team Leader of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) recognised the ongoing contributions made by the current team members and also recognised those contributions given by past team members including a past controller (search manager) Les Scull who at a sprightly 94 was the oldest of the past members to attend.

    As a current member who has clocked up a mere 10 years with Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) it felt a real privilege to attend the event and reflect on all that we achieve as a group of volunteers from disparate backgrounds but all harbour a love of the outdoors and a desire to give something back to their community.

    Craig Scollick

    Hill Party Leader

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)

    Our Search Manager Dave Underhill talks to BBC Radio Devon’s David Sheppard about the SW Mountain Rescue teams involvement in the Yorkshire Floods major incident.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, Tavistock, North Dartmoor and Plymouth as well as Exmoor Search and Rescue have around 50 of their volunteers deployed in the York area.

    Ashburton member and DRG Secretary Dave Close, along with Roger Hartley from Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue, talk to BBC Radio York about the involvement of  Mountain Rescue in the York flooding major incident.


    Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:36

    The Quite Amazing People of York

    Heart FM interview Ashburton Search Manager and Dartmoor Rescue Group Secretary Dave Close about the wonderful welcome volunteers received from the people of York during the devastating major floods during Christmas and New Year


    Wednesday, 30 December 2015 20:24

    York Floods and the pending Devon weather

    Now that Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers deployed to the York Flooding major incident are back home in the county, Matt Woodley interviews Ashburton Search Manager and Dartmoor Rescue Group Secretary Dave Close as he reflects on the floods and the pending Devon weather that is predicted.




    Thursday, 09 March 2017 16:21

    Not another helicopter story dad!

    There we were in a perfect arctic huddle on a remote hill side in southern Dartmoor waiting for the aircraft.


    We heard the rotor noise and the helicopter landed amidst a flurry of dead grass. In no time at all we had the thumbs up and were walking towards the helicopter for our training flight. Rather than the Maritime and Coastguard Agency or an air ambulance aircraft this time it was a Royal Navy Merlin from 846 squadron RNAS Yeovilton. It was on a familiarisation flight in preparation for the Ten Tors event in May and they wanted some friendly Dartmoor Rescue team members to train with. Our group consisted of members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)  and from our sister team Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Plymouth).

    merlin helicopter

    Ten Tors for those who don’t know is an annual event on Dartmoor which is organised and checkpoint per by the military where 2,400 teenage children aged between 15 and 18 walk 35,45 or 55 miles over two days and have a wild overnight camp in the middle. It’s a real challenge for the young people as they are unsupported by adults with the best teams training for the 5 months leading up to the event.

    merlin 2

    The role of the four Dartmoor Rescue teams is to provide rescue cover and should the situation arise the Royal Navy Merlins are on standby as air assets to support a serious casualty evacuation.

    merlin 3

    Back to our flight and sadly it was cut short due to low cloud, it was Dartmoor after all, but we still had a great opportunity to train with the Royal Navy crew in preparation for May. The shortened flight meant surprisingly I was home for tea which isn’t usually the case on MR events. While eating with  my family I enthused about my exciting flight and and was humbled by the response of one of my teenagers who looked up, grunted and said ‘not another helicopter story dad’ and returned uninterested to his food.


    Craig Scollick
    Hill Party Leader
    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)

    All photo credits: Roger Hyde, DSRT Plymouth. Thanks Roger


    In the 3rd of our series of Team Member Interviews, we interview team member and local celebrity Colin the Rescue Otter!

    colin the Rescue Otter. One of 100 Moor Otters spread throughout the Dartmoor NAtional park as part of the public art project raising money for conservation of the moor.

    Its great to have you in the team Colin. It’s not everyday that a Mountain Rescue team can boost a real celebrity in its ranks! So, now you are settled down with your glass of Devonia Sparkling Water chilled to 7 degrees and your blue M&M’s, i’ll ask you the first question.

    What is your role within the team and what does it involve?

    I am the newest member of the swift water team. My role involves helping the team with their water searches. I do have to try and not to be distracted by all the lovely fish if we are on a call out I get the hard stare from my team mates if I do! Sometimes if I’m really hungry which is most of the time this can prove to be very difficult.

    When did you join DSRTA and why?

    I joined the team in March 2017. Someone promised me lots of fish. Yet to appear to be honest!

    Tell us about your day job?

    During the day I like to meet my fans and responding to all my messages on twitter this can be quite tiring so I try and get some sleep before my night job which involves a lot of fishing.
    I have several types of fishing rods. Sometimes if I’m REALLY hungry I cast them all out in one go. I’ve just ordered a new one from Amazon I have quite a collection now
    maybe some day I can show you.

    Do you have any other hobbies or interests?

    I’m top of the league at the Dartmoor Otter Pebble twisting association so mainly practising my pebble skills oh and a bit of fishing

    Choose 5 words which best describe your experiences with DSRTA

    Wet, Hungry, Hard Stare (I know that’s two but it needs to be pointed out) and did I mention hungry

    Where is your favourite part of Dartmoor and why?

    My Lips are sealed! Its a secret! I’m not going to say just in case there are other otters reading
    this who might come along and steal my fish!

    Jam or Cream first?

    Oh no! Just Fish thank you. Got to keep my waist line down otherwise pebble twisting becomes

    The Rolling Stones or The Beetles?

    I like the stones but not sure about beetles I think they taste a bit funny. Yuk!
    Colin the Rescue Otter is one of 100 otters that are in 94 locations across Dartmoor National Park this summer from June to September as part of the Moor Otters Public Art Project. 
    Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:04

    Callouts 1990 - 1995

    We are in the process of loading our callout data for previous years to when our new website went live in 2012.

    Below is the callout summary data for 1996 – 1999. This is an ongoing project and information will be added as our paper based archives are trawled.

    Incidents are listed in the table below

    1990 - 95 Incidents

    A list of Incidents that the team were called out from January 1990 until the end of 1995.


    Sunday, 31 December 1989 15:00

    Callouts 1985 - 1989

    Click on the 'Callouts 1985 - 1989' title above to view the callout details.

    We are in the process of loading our callout data for previous years to when our new website went live in 2012.
    Below is the callout summary data for 1985 – 1989. This is an ongoing project and information will be added as our paper based archives are trawled.

    Incidents are listed in the table below.

    1980's Incidents

    A list of Incidents that the team were called out from 1985 until the end of 1989.

    Friday, 31 December 1999 14:33

    Callouts 1996 - 1999

    We are in the process of loading our callout data for previous years to when our new website went live in 2012.
    Below is the callout summary data for 1996 – 1999. This is an ongoing project and information will be added as our paper based archives are trawled.

    Incidents are listed in the table below

    1996 - 99 Incidents

    A list of Incidents that the team were called out from January 1996 until the end of 1999.



    Thursday, 31 December 2009 14:29

    Callouts 2009

    Callout data 2009

    We are in the process of loading our callout data for previous years to when our new website went live in 2012.

    Below is the callout summary data for January – July 2009. This is an ongoing project

    • Saturday 10th January  Newton Abbot

    Attendance at this incident was to help locate a despondent male.  The team were deployed but did not locate the individual.  He was found the following week by Police in an area outside of that which we had been asked to search.  Regrettably he was deceased when found.

    • Tuesday 20th January  Hennock 

    Attendance at this incident was to help locate a despondent female. She was located by Police in the vicinity of her home.  The team were not deployed.

    • Thursday 5th February  Haldon Hill 

    Attendance at this incident was requested by the Police to assist stranded motorists on the A38 at Haldon Hill.  Sudden heavy snowfall had rendered the road impassable.  The Team were engaged all night.

    • Monday 9th March  Newton St Cyres 

    The Team were called by Okehampton Section to assist in locating a missing male with a heart condition.  All Teams failed to locate the individual who was found the following day by the Police deceased.

    • Wednesday 29 April  Cold East Cross 

    Missing person was an adult male known to the Team.  The Team was stood down at approx. 04:00hrs having failed to locate the misper.  He was found by the Police the following morning in the Dartmeet area.

    • Friday 1 May  Princetown 

    Missing person was an adult female.  The Team was not deployed as the misper presented herself at a local farm.  One member was engaged in the search helped by the fact he lived at the RV location.

    • Friday 8 May   Torquay 

    Missing person was a 7 year-old boy.  The Team were deployed and the misper was located by the first team on the ground within 15 minutes.

    • Saturday/Sunday 9/10 May  Eggesford 

    Missing person was a 17 year-old boy with learning difficulties and a mental-age of 4.  After extensive searches involving other MR teams and the Police the misper was sighted by team members and using Police helicopter resources was recovered safe and well.

    • Saturday 30 May   Axminster 

    Missing person was located by the Police.  Team stood down was en-route to location.

    • Saturday 11 July  Shipley Bridge 

    Missing persons were a group of 5 girls on a Duke of Edinburgh exercise.  The Team were deployed at approx. 23:20 after Plymouth and Tavistock Sections had been searching during the earlier part of the day.  The girls were located safe and well in their tents in the vicinity of Red Lake by a Tavistock hasty team. 

    Saturday, 25 March 2017 13:59

    A busy Mothers Day

    A beautifully sunny but busy day for our volunteers on Mothers Day this year.

    The team was placed on standby at 11:55 to search for a 12 year old child who had gone missing in Exeter.

    Fortunately the child was located before a callout was initiated and we were stood down.

    Around 14:45 a full-team callout was issued to assist a 17 year old female on a Duke of Edinburgh Scheme walker who had collapsed near Crossways on the south moor.

    Fortunately one of our members happened to be in the area at the time and assisted on scene as team members made their way to the location.

    Devon Air Ambulance was engaged to assist and on reaching the location, the rest of the team were then stood down until the next callout later in the afternoon.


    UPDATE: We are pleased to report after receiving treatment in hospital for very low Potassium and Sodium levels, the walker was released to go home late on the Sunday evening.


    CALLOUT 20/2017 - 18:13 5th July 2017

    The team were called out to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with the search for an elderly lady with dementia who had gone missing in Torquay earlier in the day. The lady was last seen near the Babbacombe Cliff Railway and our volunteers plus Torbay Coastguard were deployed to cover areas around the cliffs radiating out from the point last seen.

    Dart02 the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton incident control vehicle on site at Babbacombe Model Village

    Shortly after deploying the lady was found by a Police officer outside our search area safe and well and all agencies were stood down and we returned to our training session at Haytor Rocks.

    Standby: 26th July 09:33  Shortly after 09:30 am on the 26th July, the team was placed on standby for a callout to assist in a missing person search at Paignton. Further Police investigations throughout the morning lead to the person being found safe and well on a nearby beach at around 13:20 and the team were subsequently stood down.

    Friday, 23 June 2017 23:39

    Suspicious scene at Kennick Reservoir

    CALLOUT 20:44 23rd July 2017

    On Friday evening the team were called to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a suspicious scene at Kennick Reservoir between Hennock and Christow. The scene was suspicious in that it gave concern that a member of the public may have been injured in the area and hence a search was required to check nobody required medical help.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton called to assist the Police at Kennick Reservoir

    A Police Dog and National Police Air Service helicopter were used for an initial search, and forensic officers were called to examine the scene and undertake analysis to determine whether the cause for concern was justified.

    Fortunately the forensic team came quickly to the conclusion that the scene was not what it appeared and the team were stood down shortly after arrival.

    Sunday, 11 June 2017 23:35

    4th callout in less than a week

    CALLOUT 13:06 11th June 2017

    The team have been called by the Police 8 times in the last week to assist in various incidents. Out of those 8 calls, 4 have resulted in a full team callout with the 4th this afternoon.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton called to assist the ambulance service with the evacuation of a lady who had taken a fall to the west of Top Tor, sustaining a lower leg injury in the process.

    We were called to assist the ambulance service with the evacuation of a lady who had taken a fall to the west of Top Tor, sustaining a lower leg injury in the process.

    Our volunteers were with the casualty in less than 25 minutes from getting the call where we packaged her on to our stretcher, carrying her to Hemsworthy Gate and the waiting land ambulance.

    The lady was taken to hospital to have her injury assessed and we hope she is back on her feet again soon.

    We were called by Devon and Cornwall Police on Thursday 8th June at 23.10 to assist in searching for a high risk missing person in the Double Locks area of Exeter.

    Alongside our colleagues from North Dartmoor SRT, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Urban Search teams.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Control vehicle Dart02 on site at a missing person enquiry in Exeter

    SARDA and police dog units we were tasked to search the wooded and open areas with DSFRS boats being deployed to the river and canal basin. The search continued until approximately 05:00 when we were stood down.

    The missing person was found by a police dog unit outside of the initial search areas at 05:00 on Saturday morning. A very good outcome after an intensive search.

    We wish the lady a full and speedy recovery.

    Wednesday, 07 June 2017 23:23

    7th June, second call out of the day.

    After finishing in the early hours of June 7th, the team were called again late that afternoon for a high risk missing person in the Berry Head area.

    We were tasked to search the cliffs, the Berry and the forts together with the more inaccessible areas along the cliff tops and inland. High gusting winds and rain made the task more difficult and meant careful searching was required specially near the cliff edges, the teamcontinued until being stood down around 21:00.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton control vehicle Dart02 on site at a Berry head callout for a missing person.

    We were saddened to learn that the individual's body was washed up on a beach in East Devon later in the week. Our thoughts are with the family.


    On Tuesday 6th June the team were called by Devon and Cornwall Police to the Dawlish area to search for a high risk missing person.

    The search encompassed nearby farms and woodland areas and continued across the cliffs and railway lines; the team together with coastguard rescue and the MCA helicopter searched until the early hours when we were stood down.

    On Thursday 8th June Police confirmed the identity of a body located at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis.

    Our thoughts are with the family.

    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Landrover ambulances on site at an Exeter missing person callout

    The team were called out at 01:50 this morning to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search in the Haven Banks area of Exeter. We were joined by North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team and worked alongside Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service until being stood down at 06:45.

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    We were saddened to learn that the missing person's body was recovered from the River Exe 6 days after our search by Police divers. Our thoughts are with the family

    Multi-agency search for vulnerable male across Torbay.

    The team were called out on Monday evening to Torquay to search for a vulnerable male who had gone missing earlier in the day and the Police were concerned for his welfare.

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    Our team of volunteers searched scrubland and park areas around the Willows and Broomhill Way retail parks. for over 3 hours. The Police had been in sporadic contact with the individual throughout the evening before he terminated the calls. Our teams were stood down shortly after 10pm.

    Other agencies were also involved in the search including Torbay Coastguard, Berryhead Coastguard, The National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter and the RNLI.

    Further investigations by Devon and Cornwall Police after we were stood down indicated the individual was outside our search areas. He was located at Berry head shortly before midnight and taken to hospital for treatment.

    Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:00

    Teenage walker injured in fall

    At 12:36 our team of volunteers received their second callout of the day. This time to assist the ambulance service with a casualty evacuation following a fall at Sharp Tor on the edge of the Upper Dart Valley.

    Dart62, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton's crew landrover ambulance

    As our members arrived at the RV, we were stood down as the ambulance service had stabilised the casualty and were able to evacuate without out help.

    Wednesday, 17 May 2017 12:50

    Overnight search on Haytor Down

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

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

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

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

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

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    Concern for missing teenager

    It has been a busy day for our volunteers after welcoming 170 people on our Templer Way Challenge fundraising event. The team were on their way back to the Rescue Centre after the event when they were diverted to assist Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service with a search for a 17 year old boy in Exeter.

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    Our team of volunteers searched areas of woodland and undergrowth between Northbrook and Salmonpool weir in heavy rain with no further clues or sighting reported. We were stood down at around 10:30 pm and our soggy volunteers returned home to their families.

    A body was found in woods outside our search area on Monday May 1st. The thoughts of our volunteers are very much for the family at this very difficult time.

    Wednesday, 05 April 2017 18:50

    Climber Fall at Haytor

    Callout – Fallen climber at Haytor.

    Just as the team was settling in to its regular Wednesday evening training session, this week a water rescue briefing in the River Dart at Buckfastleigh, we were called to assist the Devon Air Ambulance with the evacuation of a climber who had fallen from Haytor.

    Team Helicopter at Climber Fall

    The climber was leading a climb on Haytor Rock and had taken a fall. Fortunately his runners protected him and he continued to climb. Higher up the rock he took another fall and this time his higher up protection failed and he fell to the ground.

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    His belayer, along with his lower runners, managed to take some of the force out of the fall, no doubt saving him from more serious injury.

    The Air Ambulance was called, and we were called shortly after to assist with the evacuation of the casualty to the helicopter. As we were on a training night, members were on scene quickly and assisted with his transfer to the helicopter for onward transport to hospital. We hope the climber makes a speedy recovery.

    Sunday, 26 March 2017 14:53

    Climber Falls at Chudleigh Rocks

    Following the earlier callout and standby, later in the afternoon around 17:45, the team was called to assist the ambulance service with an evacuation of a climber who had fallen 15m whilst leading on a route on Chudleigh Rocks.

    Evacuating a climber to the waiting ambulance who had fallen 15m whilst leading a climb at Chudleigh Rocks

    Unfortunately his protection had failed resulting in him hitting the ground, catching his head on a rock. Because he was wearing a helmet, which sustained a large dent in the fall, his injuries were a lot less severe than they would have been.


    Team members and the ambulance service worked together to evacuate him on a spinal board to the waiting ambulance for evacuation to hospital. We wish him a very speedy recovery.

    The route on Chudleigh rocks where a climber fell whilst leading.

    Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:41

    Vulnerable adult missing on Haytor Down

    Our regular Wednesday night training session was interrupted with a call from Devon and Cornwall Police to assist them with a missing person search in the Haytor area.

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    The training session was a joint Dartmoor Rescue exercise involving all 4 teams along with an 846 NAS Merlin helicopter from Yeovilton, in preparation for the annual Ten Tors event to be held in a couple of weeks time. The helicopter crew very kindly delivered a number of our team members from the White Tor area on the West side of the moor to the Visitor Centre car park in readiness for the search.

    The missing adult had gone for a run and not returned when expected. Team members congregated in the car park to await deployment whilst the Police Helicopter (NPAS) conducted search patterns across the Down.

    A phone call was received by the Police around 9pm from a member of the public who was concerned about an individual matching our missing person’s description, who was spotted in Chudleigh Knighton. Police attended the scene and around 9:30pm the team were stood down when the person was located by Police safe and well.

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