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    Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:24

    Prepared for a severe weather event on Haldon Hill

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    Following 2 high profile severe weather events on the A38 and A380 at Haldon and Telegraph Hills in 2009 and 2010, (the latter event involved Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton rescuing motorists), where drivers and their passengers were stranded for up to 8 hours following heavy snowfall, emergency response agencies have collaborated on a response plan so as to be fully prepared should a similar weather event happen again. Photo credit: Pete Sherman, DSRT Ashburton. DSRT response to Haldon Hill snow event 2010 The first event overnight on the 5th February 2009 saw around 200 people being rescued from their…
    Monday, 13 November 2017 12:58

    Near misses!

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    STANDBY - 13 Nov – Exeter - Near Miss – The team were called by D&C Police approx. 06:15 this morning to assist in the search for a vulnerable female missing in the Exeter area.  The search managers concluded that there was insufficient information to necessitate deployment for DSRTA members, and so elected to wait for further (mobile phone) intel from the Police in order to narrow the possible search areas.  At approx 10:30 the misper was located on an industrial estate near to where she had been found the previous day having gone missing. STANDBY - 26 Oct – Babbacombe – Near…
    Friday, 25 August 2017 20:20

    Early stand down

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    CALLOUT 23 / 2017 23 Aug 2017 – Standby – Haytor: The team were put on standby approx. 13:20 to assist South Weast Ambulance Services Trust and their Hazadous Area Response Team (HART) should they require, regarding an injured walker at Haytor. Paramedics were in attendance and managed to evacuate the lady with a suspected broken ankle without further assistance, and the team were stood down shortly after 14:15. 25 Aug 2017 – Exeter: CALLOUT 23/2017 The team were called approx. 21:00 and put on standby regarding a high-risk despondent female missing from the Exeter Arena area. This went to a full…
    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. 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:…
    Wednesday, 05 April 2017 18:50

    Climber Fall at Haytor

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    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. 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. His belayer,…
    Saturday, 25 March 2017 13:59

    A busy Mothers Day

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    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…
    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.
    Saturday, 18 June 2016 17:58

    On standby for lost teenager around Haytor

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    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
    Saturday, 21 May 2016 17:59

    CALLOUT and Standby, Saturday 21st May

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    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. 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…
    Saturday, 21 May 2016 17:59

    CALLOUT and Standby, Saturday 21st May

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    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. 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…
    Saturday, 14 May 2016 18:02

    East Devon callout

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    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…
    Saturday, 05 March 2016 18:05

    Standby for collapsed walker

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    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.
    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.
    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…
    Friday, 03 January 2014 17:49

    Standby due to predicted poor weather

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    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,…
    Tuesday, 22 January 2013 17:41

    Standby – Due to adverse weather conditions

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    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/
    Thursday, 17 January 2013 17:45

    Team on standby due to expected snow

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    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.
    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.
    Sunday, 26 August 2012 17:30

    Alert: Totnes

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    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.
    Monday, 23 July 2012 17:32

    Alert: Exeter

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    The team was placed on standby this morning to search for a missing person in Exeter. Fortunately a full callout was not required.
    Sunday, 15 July 2012 17:36

    Alert: Exeter

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    The team was placed on standby to search for a missing person in Exeter. Fortunately a full callout was not required.
    Tuesday, 08 May 2012 17:37

    Alert: Torquay

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    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.
    Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:37

    Alert: Topsham

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    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, 03 April 2012 17:38

    Alert: Houndtor

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    The team were placed on alert today to assist in evacuation of a casualty. A full team callout was not required.
    Saturday, 25 February 2012 17:39

    Alert: Teigngrace

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    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.
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