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Callouts 2013

Friday, 13 December 2013 13:55

Missing person, Exeter

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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.
Friday, 29 November 2013 13:58

Police concerned for missing 50 yr old male

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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…
Sunday, 03 November 2013 13:59

Callout: Missing person Chudleigh

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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…
Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:03

Full team callout to search for missing child

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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:
Sunday, 06 October 2013 14:05

One of our quickest ‘finds’ ever

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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…
Saturday, 05 October 2013 14:06

Lost in the Dart Gorge

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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, 22 September 2013 14:09

Callout for high risk missing person, Torbay

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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
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:12

Missing pensioner found safe and well

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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.
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 14:16

Difficult rescue in the Upper Dart Gorge

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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,…
Monday, 26 August 2013 14:19

Callout: Missing person Buckfastleigh Down

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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, 13 August 2013 14:21

Callout: Cragfast on Haytor

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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
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 14:22

Callout to continue search for Exeter pensioner

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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…
Sunday, 28 July 2013 14:24

Callout: Missing 83 year old Exeter pensioner

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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. On Friday 26 July Alma Royle was seen wearing a…
Saturday, 27 July 2013 14:47

Callout: Late return of lone walker

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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.
Friday, 12 July 2013 16:11

Callout: Tragic incident at Haytor

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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. Our thoughts are with…
Sunday, 23 June 2013 16:16

Callout: New Bridge

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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.
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:17

Callout: Misper at Rockbeare

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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.
Monday, 13 May 2013 16:20

Team called in Police missing person enquiry

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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,…
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 16:23

Callout to missing female in Newton Abbot

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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.…
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.
Friday, 03 May 2013 16:27

Callout to missing female

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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.
Monday, 29 April 2013 16:29

Callout to a missing Paignton woman

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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…
Saturday, 20 April 2013 16:30

Callout to teenage male

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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…
Friday, 12 April 2013 16:32

CALLOUT: Missing 86 year old male

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The team were called out at 15:45 on Friday 12th April to search for a missing 86 year old male.
Monday, 01 April 2013 16:34

Callout: Misper Torquay

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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…
Sunday, 17 March 2013 16:36

Callout: 17th March Bovey Valley

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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…
Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:38

Callout: Launceston, Cornwall Misper (updated)

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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…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 16:40

Callout: Dartington

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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.
Sunday, 17 February 2013 16:42

Callout. 3 overdue kayakers in the Dart Gorge

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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…
Friday, 08 February 2013 16:45

Callout: Torquay

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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.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:47

Callout: Yartor Down, Dartmeet

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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…
Thursday, 03 January 2013 16:48

Callout: Parke, Bovey Tracey.

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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.