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Callouts 2013

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Friday, 13 April 2012 13:46

Missing despondent Totnes

Missing despondent Totnes

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

Monday, 16 April 2012 13:45

Missing despondent in Exeter

Missing despondent in Exeter

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

Saturday, 05 May 2012 13:39

Climber injured in fall from Houndtor

Climber injured in fall from Houndtor

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

We hope he makes a speedy recovery.

Saturday, 30 June 2012 13:35

Female walker injures ankle near Haytor

Female walker injures ankle near Haytor

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

Flood water causes evacuation in Yealmpton

Callout – Team called out to assist with the evacuation of residents at Yealmpton due to high levels of floodwater. Following this initial callout we received a second call to Exeter where it was reported that somebody had fallen in the River Exe.

Despite extensive searching that included the find of some clothing that may or may not have been linked, the team was stood down in the late afternoon with no further information forthcoming. It was suspected that the person in the water could have been mistaken as river debris such as a partially submerged log.

Volunteer monitoring Trews Weir on the River Exe

Dartmoor rescue volunteers monitoring a flooded River Exe at Trews Weir.

Report of person in difficulty in the River Exe

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

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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.

Walker with ankle injury rescued from Redlake

The team were called out today to evacuate a female walker with an ankle injury from Redlake on the south of Dartmoor National Park.

The team Land Rover was able to reach the walker and evacuate her safely.

Evacuation of unconscious casualty from Sittaford Moorgate

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

The Devon Air ambulance evacuated and the team were stood down.

Male with head injury evacuated from 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

Scouts reported missing on Dartmoor

Scouts reported missing on Dartmoor

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 in the Peat Cot area and our team were stood down at 11:02am

Berkshire teenager rescued from 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, and was evacuated to hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery

Friday, 10 August 2012 13:16

Tomb stoning injury at Spitchwick

Tomb stoning injury at 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.

Search for elderly lady missing in Cockington Torquay

Devon and Cornwall 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.”

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton searched overnight 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 (Ashburton, Plymouth, Tavistock & North Dartmoor) were involved overnight 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.”

Monday, 20 August 2012 13:12

A slip causes broken ankle at Haytor

A slip causes broken ankle at Haytor

We assisted the land ambulance crew in the evacuation to the hospital of a 70-year-old female who had slipped and sustained a suspected broken ankle whilst out walking around Haytor.

Saturday, 25 August 2012 13:11

Injury at Spitchwick

Injury at Spitchwick

Called out at 11.30am to pick up an injured male at Spitchwick. Stood down at 11.45am as he had been evacuated by helicopter.

Saturday, 08 September 2012 13:08

Callout for missing person in Totnes

Callout for missing person in 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

Extended search for missing person at Widecombe Fair

Search for elderly man at the World famous Widecombe Fair

The team were called at 17:54 to search for a 67-year-old male who had gone missing around midday at the famous Widecombe Fair.

The man had become separated from his wife earlier in the day and despite searches by Police Officers and the Police helicopter, there was no trace of the individual 

Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton volunteers were deployed and began searching the area in and around Widecombe. Shortly after our deployment, the man was located at his home in the South Hams and we were stood down.

Thursday, 04 October 2012 13:01

Callout: Lost jogger at Spurrels Cross

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 called SARloc that pinpointed him using the GPS functionality on his mobile. He was very happy to see a small band of Police & Dartmoor Rescue team members

Saturday, 03 November 2012 11:51

Walker sustains lower leg injury at Norsworthy

Callout 3 Nov 2012 – Norsworthy/Down Tor

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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 seamlessly 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 wrote to the Dartmoor Rescue Group secretary expressing his gratitude. 

Monday, 24 December 2012 11:48

Callout – Challacombe Cross

RTC on Dartmoor causes concern due to missing driver

We were called out at 0245 today 24th Dec to search for a missing person after Police received reports of a road traffic collision in Dartmoor National Park near Challacombe Cross (between Moretonhampstead and the Warren House Inn), but were unable to locate the driver.

Team members were arriving at the rendezvous car park and discussing search plans when one of our volunteers spotted a lone walker walking along the road. A short conversation revealed he was the person we were looking for and he was handed over to the Police.

Man threatens suicide as he leaves Parke estate

Dartmoor Rescue volunteers were called to the Parke estate near Bovey Tracey following reports that a male had threatened suicide before leaving the National Park office.

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

Sledging injury in sub zero temperatures

Sledging injury in sub zero temperatures

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 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

Search for missing 47-year-old male in 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.

Sunday, 17 February 2013 16:42

Three overdue kayakers in the Dart Gorge

Three overdue kayakers in the Dart Valley

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 Valley.

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.

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Happy paddling!

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.

Extended search for missing person from Launceston farm

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.

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”

Update

Great news as search comes to a safe conclusion.

Family walkers lost in Bovey Valley Woods

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.

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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.

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/

Friday, 12 April 2013 16:32

Search for missing 86 year old male

Search for 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.

Teenager on Ten Tors Training sustains ankle injury

We were called at 1900 today to assist a Ten Tors team in the Redlake area in Dartmoor National Park, 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

Concern for Paignton mother

Concern for Paignton mother

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 10 minutes after the call out.

Body found in search for 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.

Casualty with severe bleed rescued from Dartmoor

The team were called this afternoon to assist the ambulance service with an evacuation from the Rippon Tor area of Dartmoor National Park 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 the hospital.

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 16:23

Bradley Manor Search ends in tragedy

Bradley Manor Search ends in tragedy

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers were called to the second 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 her injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Police are not treating the ladies injuries as suspicious.

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

Paignton callout for missing Polish national

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 Police investigation continues.

UPDATE 26th May 2013:

Good news, Magdalena has been found safe and well.

 

Concern for Rockbeare lady who has gone missing

At 5:30am the team were called to Rockbeare in East Devon 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.

Amazing  flying skills as RAF Seaking lands in Dart Valley car park

The team were called after calls for help were heard in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Upper Dart Valley between Dartmeet and Newbridge.

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

Tragedy at Haytor as woman and child fall to their death

A woman and a five-year-old boy have died at Haytor Rocks.

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 Rocks in Dartmoor National Park. A Devon and Cornwall Polic 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.

Devon 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.

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Our thoughts are with the family.

Press reports on the incident:

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

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

Lone walker reported overdue on Dartmoor walk

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.

Extensive Exeter search reveals no clues on pensioner

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.

Callout update

Unfortunately a body was discovered by a local residents dog over a week later in dense undergrowth. Our thoughts are with the family

Team called to continue search for missing Exeter pensioner

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.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:21

Lady becomes Cragfast on Haytor Rock

Lady becomes Cragfast on Haytor Rock

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

Walker reported as agitated on Buckfastleigh Down

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 Valley

Difficult rescue in the Upper Dart Valley

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 in Dartmoor National Park.

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 Dart on the valley 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.

Rope rescue evacuation

Fortunately we train regularly in the valley 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 valley 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 Brixham pensioner found safe and well

Missing Brixham 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

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 their way to the RV

Saturday, 05 October 2013 14:06

Lost in the Upper Dart Valley

Lost in the Upper Dart Valley

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

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

Missing child search in Abbotskerswell

Missing child search in Abbotskerswell

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 bedroom 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.

Fullscale search for 60 year old man in 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.

Friday, 29 November 2013 13:58

Police concerned for missing 50 yr old male

Police concerned for missing 50 yr old male

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 the male 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.

UPDATE 29/11/2013 08:10

The missing male has been located safe and well.

Railway lines searched in Exeter missing person inquiry

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 centred around the river and rail lines for approx 2.5 hours, before being informed that she had travelled out of the area.

Race to find missing Newton Abbot teen before storm

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.

A find

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.

Major search for missing Noss Mayo teen following storm

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 and 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

Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:19

Sad end to missing person search in Exmouth

Sad end to missing person search in Exmouth

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

 Picture credit: RNLI/Emma Tarling 

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

Exmouth Journal: http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/woman_found_dead_at_orcombe_point_1_3190154

Missing elderly male in Torquay gives cause for concern

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.

Missing walker lost with no torch, map or compass.

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.

Be Adventure Smart!

https://www.dsrtashburton.org.uk/advice/hill-safety-be-prepared

Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:13

Callout to investigate Parachute flares

Callout to investigate Parachute flares

Shortly after 8:30 this morning the team was notified of flares having been seen in the Kestor / Gidleigh Park area of North East Dartmoor National Park. 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.

Person missing from Totnes at height of storm

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 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.

Concern for missing kayaker overdue on The River Dart

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

Concern for missing 8 year old girl

Concern for missing 8 year old girl

landrover

The team were called along with our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, to assist 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.

Helicopter evacuation after walker collapses

Abbots Way land rover

The team were called out to a female who had collapsed on the south of Dartmoor National Park at lunchtime today. The walker was evacuated by Devon Air Ambulance whilst the team was on route to her location near Redlake.

A body found in search for missing Plymouth man

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.

Exeter search for male in ‘distressed state’

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 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 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.

Search in Ilsington for vulnerable pensioner

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 area on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

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.

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Concern for vulnerable missing male sparks Teignmouth search

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.

The search was centre around Teignmouth and its golf course near to the mans home and included around 30 Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers.

Our Mountain rescue Landrover DART52 at Teignmouth Golf Course

The search continued to after midnight with no further sightings reported.

Man located

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police received a call from the individual 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

Mincinglake Park search for missing person in Exeter

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.

Multi agency respond to Stoke Gabriel search

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.

Landrover Ambulanc with a Police car behind that is semi obscured

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.

Isolated location

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/

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:35

Belstone walker found dead following search

Belstone walker found dead following search

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Ashburton members consulting a map during a night search

At 23:36 last night the team were called to assist our North Moor colleagues with a Devon and Cornwall Police coordinated search for a missing male walker in the Belstone area on North Dartmoor.

The gentleman had become separated from his group earlier in the evening after going for a short walk, and the alarm was raised by his colleagues when he failed to return to their car. We joined the search alongside North Moor and SARDA search colleagues, and a Seaking Helicopter from 22 Squadron A-Flight RAF Chivenor.

In the early hours of this morning the gentleman was located in Halstock Woods by one of the search teams.

Not suspicious

Police today confirmed that the man had been found deceased and the circumstances were not suspicious. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The family of the man, who was a visitor to the area and not local, have been informed of his death.”

A post-mortem is due to be carried out and a report will be filed for the coroner.

A team spokesman said “We are very grateful to all the volunteers from the Okehampton and Ashburton teams who turned out to join the search and bring it to a swift conclusion. Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Sunday, 14 September 2014 09:32

Search for missing male in Teign Valley

Search for missing male in Teign Valley

At 12:02 pm on Sunday 14th September a full team callout was issued to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in a search for a missing male in the Teign Valley. The male was considered high risk and the Police were concerned for his welfare.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton team members involved in the Teign Valley search

Working alongside the Police LPSM (Lost Person Search Manager) our Search Manager deployed our teams to search woodland areas around his home, whilst the Police helicopter was deployed to search areas of open ground. A team spokesman said “These searches are tough as the terrain is frequently steep and unpredictable and covered in thick bramble and undergrowth making it difficult to cover the ground thoroughly”.

Our volunteers searched until daylight faded around 20:00 when the team was stood down with no further sign of where the male may be.

UPDATE Monday 15th September

The missing man was found safe and well in Exeter. Just after 12 midday.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:30

Callout to high risk missing female in Chagford

Callout to high risk missing female in Chagford

At 16:57 on Tuesday 23rd September the team were called out to search for a missing high risk 67 year old female in the Chagford area.

Fortunately shortly after the callout was initiated the lady was found and the team were stood down on the way to the rendezvous.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 09:29

Ederly male gone missing from Torquay home

Ederly male gone missing from Torquay home

We were called at 0250 on Saturday by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in a search for an elderly male missing from home in Torquay. The Team Leader was pleased to hear that the missing person had been located safe and well shortly before sending a callout message to the team.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:25

Missing 80 year old male in Teignmouth

Missing 80 year old male in Teignmouth

We were called today at 19.25 by Devon and Cornwall Police to assist them, alongside HM Coastguard and Teignmouth RNLI, in a search for an 80 year old male missing from the Teignmouth area.

We were very pleased to hear that he had been found safe and well by the Lifeboat crew at 19.55.

Over 20 members were already en route or at the RV point, but we were all happy to return home, knowing that the gentleman was in safe hands.

Saturday, 18 October 2014 09:21

Exeter pensioner found asleep under bush

Exeter pensioner found asleep under bush

At 03:21 on Saturday 18th October, the team were called by Devon & Cornwall Police to search for a missing 77 year old female who had gone in missing in Exeter.

Shortly after the callout was initiated, the team were stood down when the lady was found asleep under a bush by Police officers.

Injured kayaker sparks search in upper River Dart valley

At 21:34 on Sunday 19th October 2014 our volunteers were called to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in the search and rescue of 2 kayakers who were overdue whilst kayaking the Upper Dart Valley between Dartmeet and Newbridge.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton covers the popular kayaking stretch of the River Dart in the Upper Dart Valley between dartmeet and Newbridge

The group of kayakers had come to Devon for the day to kayak the popular stretch of the River Dart. Having already completed the section of river once, the group returned to Dartmeet for a second run. Unfortunately mid way through the route around 4pm, one of the team capsized and hit a rock under water with his shoulder taking the impact. He managed to right himself again and soon realised that although his injury wasn’t serious, it would inhibit him enough to make completing the route very difficult. The group decided to split up with one member staying with his injured colleague whilst the rest completed the route and raised the alarm when their colleagues didn’t make it back to the car at Dartmeet.

With little daylight remaining, negotiating the gorge on foot with no torches whilst carrying their kayaks and a shoulder injury, the pair decided to sit tight and wait for rescue.

We arrived on the scene around 10pm. Our Control vehicle was set up at Bel Tor Corner from which multiple field search teams, including a team of our Swiftwater rescue specialists, were deployed into the gorge at various points.

A team spokesman said “The missing kayakers were located beside the river below Lucky Tor fairly quickly and were a little cold. Our Search Manager directed teams to their position from both sides of the gorge to aid their evacuation. After a medical assessment, it was deemed that they were able to walk out with one of our search teams to a waiting ambulance at Venford Reservoir, whilst their kayaks were recovered by a separate team. Fortunately the injury to one of the pair didn’t require hospital treatment.”

Callout to search and rescue missing kayakers in the upper River Dart gorge

We can’t provide our service without the dedication of our volunteers as our Search manager acknowledged. “Many thanks to 29 of our volunteers who attended and finally made it back to their beds just after 2am in the morning ready for work on Monday.”

Although the kayakers did have some emergency supplies and a first aid kit with them, it would be a good idea when tackling this stretch of river to add a torch to the equipment list. The gorge is very difficult to negotiate due to the steep terrain and undergrowth, and if you have problems a good torch can help you find a safe path and also signal to rescuers.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician in action

A short video of one of our swift water rescue level 3 technicians in action in the River Dart during the callout.

Saturday, 01 November 2014 08:47

Torquay Pensioner found following major search

Torquay Pensioner found following major search

At 17:43 today, our team of volunteers were called out to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in searching for a missing elderly male in the Babbacombe area of Torquay.

Peter Farmer aged 83 and a dementia sufferer, was last seen around 2pm, and as night fell the Police became increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Our teams of volunteers worked alongside the Police, Torbay RNLI, HM Coastguard and Rescue 106 helicopter launched from Portland in a major multi agency response.

Further care

Our Search Manager said “Shortly after 8pm Peter was located by one of our search teams a little rain soaked and confused and was attended to by one of our team Doctor’s before being handed over to the South West Ambulance Service for further care.”

“We frequently train with other agencies to make sure that when deployed on an incident, all agencies are aware of each others capabilities and work seamlessly together to give the best chance of success. Tonight this hard work paid off and we are very pleased that Mr Farmer has been found swiftly.”

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton have approximately 60 men and women on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist the Police in searches not just on Dartmoor but across Devon including urban areas like Torquay.

Friday, 21 November 2014 08:44

Exeter student defeated by thick mist

Exeter student defeated by thick mist

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, affiliated to Mountain Rescue called out to find a missing walker around Shipley Bridge. Found by the team she was none the worse for her ordeal

A female student from Exeter found herself disorientated this evening after she was caught out by mist on the Avon Dam Reservoir area of south Dartmoor.

Lost, she contacted Police on her mobile phone and called for help. Our Search Manager was contacted and initiated a full team callout at 17:45. Whilst our volunteers made their way to the area, our Search Manager managed to contact the walker by phone and having made an assessment of her rough location, advised her to head South and follow water courses.

On arrival of our volunteers our Search Manager then directed a team on to the moor to the west side of the Avon Dam Reservoir, and shortly before 19:00 the lady was located by the team, safe and well.

Following the successful find by team members our Search Manager said ” The lady did the right thing. She had been caught out by the thick mist in the area and called for help. Our volunteers train for this type of incident and we are glad we were able to locate her quickly. She was none the worse for her ordeal but perhaps a little wiser in that the weather on the moor can catch you out and you need to be prepared.”

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 08:39

Police concern for 88 year old in Torquay

Police concern for 88 year old in Torquay

dark control vehicle

A team callout was issued at 17:13 on Tuesday 25th November to assist the Police in searching for an elderly vulnerable male that had gone missing during the day in Torquay and hadn’t been seen since around 08:30am.

There was additional concern for the gentleman’s welfare due to the cold and wet weather.

Fortunately shortly after the team was deployed, the gentleman was found outside our search area by a member of the public at around 18:30 who called the Police.

A team spokesman said “We, alongside Devon and Cornwall Police, would like to thank the public and media for their assistance in finding Harry safe and well.”

Friday, 28 November 2014 08:33

Major Dartmoor search for Ashburton man

Major Dartmoor search for Ashburton man

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, Affiliated to Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Dartmoor Rescue Group, on site at a search looking for a missing Ashburton male

A very long search in Dartmoor National Park yesterday for our Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team (DSRT) Ashburton volunteers following a callout that was issued at 11:11. The incident was controlled by DSRT Search Managers who coordinated the efforts of all 4 DSRT teams, search dogs, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and Devon Cave Rescue Organisation, as well as police search teams.

We finally stood down at 00:30 last night, 13 hours after the initial call out to the team. We left colleagues from the cave rescue teams to concentrate on some mine workings.

The search effort will continue today.

Dave Underhill, DSRT Ashburton Search Manager said “We are all concerned for Morley’s welfare. If anybody has any information on the whereabouts of Morley Petherick, please contact Devon & Cornwall Police by dialing 101.” Log now closed following Morley’s return on 1st December.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, Affiliated to Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Dartmoor Rescue Group, on site at a search looking for a missing Ashburton male

A link to the Police appeal is below.

http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/News/NewsArticle.aspx?id=9f697c01-805f-415f-b2f2-e9d05c5a445f

Saturday, 29 November 2014 08:25

Search for missing Ashburton man continues

Search for missing Ashburton man continues

We are pleased to report that Morley has returned on his own accord today.

Callout report –

Devon based rescue team Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, affiliated to Dartmoor Rescue Group and Mountain Rescue England and Wales, were deployed on a major multi agency search for missing Ashburton man Morley Petherick.

Following a very long search on Thursday looking for Ashburton man Morley Petherick, our Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team (DSRT) Ashburton volunteers were asked to cover additional search areas today.

The searching continued for the missing man in the Ashburton area. Around 30 our members and DSRT Plymouth, plus two search dogs and 12 members of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service searched throughout the day. Unfortunately the search revealed no further information as to what has happened to Morley and our search teams were stood down 6pm.

Morley was last seen on Sunday night (27th Nov) at his home on Dartmoor, just north of Ashburton. He is believed to be wearing a green shooting jacket, blue jeans and white trainers, and is believed to be in possession of a black and yellow torch. He has no phone, money, bank cards, or any other personal items.  

Press articles

wearesouthdevon.com

Paignton search is fourth in a week for volunteers

2nd callout of the day

On Saturday evening the 29th November the team were called out to search for a missing 83 year old tourist missing near Paignton in Devon. The lady was believed to be an alzheimer patient so the team prepared to attend another search after being out all day on the 2nd day of a search for missing Ashburton man Morley Petherick.

Lady is found

Fortunately shortly after the callout had been issued and team members made their way to the rendezvous, the lady was found and the team were stood down.

This has been a very busy week for our team of volunteers with 4 callouts and 2 days of extending searching as part of a major multi agency response in looking for Morley. A team spokesman said “We would like to extend our deep appreciation to our volunteers and their families who have squeezed in 4 callouts in amongst family commitments and their day jobs. Being part of a search and rescue team is a huge commitment and this week has certainly been a very busy week.”

Saturday, 10 January 2015 18:01

Teenager missing in Ashburton

Teenager missing in Ashburton

At 04:31 on Saturday 10th January a full team callout was issued to search for a teenager who had been missing since 01:00. Fortunately, just before 05:00 the missing person was located by The Police and the team was stood down.

Concern for high risk missing person in Brixham

Control vehicle and landrover ambulance

At 01:47 on Saturday 17th January, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton were called out to search for a high risk missing person in the Brixham area.

In freezing conditions and often treacherous ground the team continued until being stood down at 13:05 on Saturday lunchtime. Shortly after the missing woman was found safe and well.

Thanks to all our volunteers who turned out, along with assistance from DSRT Plymouth and HM Coastguard.

 

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:54

Haldon forest search in freezing temperatures

Haldon forest search in freezing temperatures

At 02:16 on Wednesday 4th February 2015 our volunteers were called to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in the search for a high risk missing person in Haldon Forest.

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Team members searched woodland in darkness and freezing temperatures until 06:45 when they completed their search areas.

The missing person was later located by police in a different part of the woods outside our allotted search area.

Velntine's Day paddle finishes with helicopter airlift

The team were called at 16.45 yesterday, 14th February, to an injured kayaker on the upper Dart. Information about the exact location was coming in piecemeal as the team was making its way to the RV whilst Rescue 169(RAF) Sea King winched the injured kayaker and transferred him to Derriford Hospital.

The team received conflicting information about the rest of the party and their intentions but located all the remaining kayakers and assisted them for the last leg of their walk out of the upper Dart valley.

Best wishes to the injured party and well done to his colleagues who were reasonably equipped and managed their self rescue well.

Also on scene and many thanks to Devon and Cornwall Police, NPAS Exeter, BASICS Devon, SWAST and 22 SquadronRAF

Team called to join Widecombe-in-the-Moor search

The classic Mountain Rescue 'Rescue Post' plate on display at the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team - Ashburton's rescue base near Buckfastleigh in Devon

At 20:17 the team were called to search for a missing person in the Widecombe-in-the-Moor area of SE Dartmoor. Fortunately the missing person was located whilst the team was on route and our volunteers were stood down and returned to their homes.

Exeter search following report of missing vulnerable person

A full team callout was issued at 20:29 on Tuesday 24th March to search for a vulnerable adult who had been reported missing in the Countess wear area of Exeter.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton, affiliated to Mountain Rescue England and Wales has a Swift Water Rescue capability comprising of a team of Swift Water Rescue Technicians

Devon and Cornwall Police were sufficiently concerned for his safety to initiate a multi agency response consisting of, Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue swift water rescue team, an NPAS Police helicopter, North Dartmoor Search and Rescue and our own search teams including our swift water rescue team.

The response

The response concentrated on the River Exe and Exeter Canal areas in the city to the north and south of Countess wear bridge with both foot and water teams being deployed.

We were stood down shortly before 01:00 on the 25th March as the missing person returned to his home.

Dartmoor walker collapses from heat exhaustion

During a sponsored walk event organised by Dartmoor SRT Ashburton on Sunday 19th April, one of the walkers collapsed suffering from heat-related exhaustion.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton Landrover Ambulance alongside South West Ambulance Trust Ambulance

Team members were quickly on-scene to stabilise the female casualty in her 50’s, and then evacuate a short distance to a waiting Ambulance where, after receiving assessment and further treatment, was well enough to return home.

Team spokesman

A team spokesperson said that “due to the nature of the safety cover provided for the event, team members were well placed to respond rapidly and effectively to prevent her condition from worsening, and provide effective evacuation from a remote location.

Monday, 20 April 2015 14:07

Injured walker evacuation from Dartmoor

Injured walker evacuation from Dartmoor

The team were called out today at 18.50 to assist the ambulance service at an incident in the Scorriton area on Dartmoor. The casualty, who had been walking with a group, had injured an ankle.

Dartmoor Search and rescue team Ashburton Landrover ambulance DART52

The first team members arrived at the casualty site at 19.20, where paramedics were already in attendance. Team members then evacuated the casualty by Landrover to the South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust ambulance at the road head.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 13:28

Missing person callout in Torquay

Missing person callout in Torquay

The team were called at 12:51 on Thursday 23rd April to assist the Devon and Cornwall Police in a search for a vulnerable 74 year old female in Torquay. Fortunately on the way to the incident our team was stood down.

Side of control vehicle displaying mountain rescue logo

Dartmoor Rescue on search in  Beer and Seaton East Devon

Our control vehicle and landrover ambulance side by side. Photo shows front of landrover and side of control vehicle

After being placed on standby, a full team callout was issued at 11:39 to search for a high risk missing person in the Beer / Seaton area of East Devon.

Shortly after arrival of search manager and the first team members the missing person was located and coastguard and police responded. It was agreed that further assistance from DSRT Ashburton was not required and the team stood down.

Thanks to Exmoor Search and Rescue and our Dartmoor Rescue colleagues at Okehampton who were also en route to assist.

Concern for missing Bovey Tracey man with dementia

At 00:04 on Friday 3rd July, a full team callout was issued following a request by Devon and Cornwall Police to help in a search for a missing 63 year old male with dementia in the Bovey Tracey area who had been missing since earlier in the evening.

Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton's Mountain Rescue Landrover DART52

Fortunately, shortly after the callout was issued, the male was located by Police in Moretonhampstead and our volunteers were stood down at 00:31 and returned to their beds.

Search sparked due to abandoned kayak on River Teign

At 16:39 today a team callout was issued to assist the Police and the NPAS Police Helicopter with a search of the River Teign around New Bridge just to the south of Chudleigh Knighton.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Control Vehcile (DART02) and Landriover Ambulance (DART52) on site whilst assisting Police with a search on the River Teign near Chudleigh Knighton

The search was instigated following the report from a member of the public of a damaged and abandoned kayak found on the river.

Swiftwater Rescue Technicians

Team members including our Swiftwater Rescue Technicians searched the river in the area including the banks before being stood down around 7:15 pm following the receipt of further information.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers on site whilst assisting Police with a search on the River Teign near Chudleigh Knighton

Thanks to all our volunteers who attended.

Friday, 07 August 2015 12:49

Walker injured in Upper Dart Valley slip

Walker injured in Upper Dart Valley slip

The team were called today at 16:59 to assist the South West Ambulance Service with the extraction of a casualty who had sustained a minor lower leg injury after slipping by the river in the Upper Dart Valley.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers worked alongside ambulance service personnel to effect a rescue from the Upper Dart Valley

Paramedics were in attendance to assess the casualty’s injury before she was packaged on to our stretcher. Once secure, a rope system was put in place to relay the casualty up the steep side of the valley to safety and a land ambulance.

The lady was taken to hospital to have her injury x-rayed.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers worked alongside ambulance service personnel to effect a rescue from the Upper Dart Valley

Our duty search manager commented

“This was a perfect example of our volunteers working alongside full-time emergency service personnel to effect the safe rescue of casualty from a difficult to access location. We wish the lady a very speedy recovery.”

Update

We’ve since been told that the lady concerned was found to have chipped a bone in her foot and is now on crutches and expected to make a full recovery

Monday, 10 August 2015 12:41

Body on beach at Budleigh Salterton

Body on beach at Budleigh Salterton

The team of volunteers were called at 20:50 last night Sunday 9th August to search for a high risk female in the area around Budleigh Salterton in East Devon.

Landrover Ambulance with a Police car behind that is semi obscured

The lady had been reported missing earlier in the day and a search involving the coastguard and Devon and Cornwall Police had taken place.

We continued searching specific areas around the town and the River Otter with our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team until around 02:15am with no signs of the lady’s whereabouts.

We have been stood down for the time being whilst the Police continue with their enquiries.

 

Update from Devon & Cornwall Police 17th August 2015

Body found on beach, believed to be missing woman.

The body of a woman was found at Budleigh Salterton beach shortly before 6pm on Friday 14 August. The body was found not far from Steamer steps by a member of the public and is believed to be the missing person Jayne Brocklehurst. 48-year-old Jayne was last seen on Saturday 8 August in Budleigh Salterton. Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the family have been informed.

Our thoughts are with the lady’s family and friends.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:36

Search volunteers called to Countess weir

Search volunteers called to Countess weir

Vehicles

A full team callout was issued at 13:25 on Wednesday 19th August to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing middle aged male. We were stood down around 18:30 following searches in the Countess Wear area of the city.

After we were stood down, the man concerned was located safe and well in Exeter.

Missing person located following 8 hour Dartmoor search

At 20:52 on Monday 28th September, a full team callout was issued to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing female in her late 40’s. The lady had been last sighted in the Haytor Down and Holwell Lawn area earlier in the day and the Police were concerned for her safety.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Ashburton members consulting a map during a night search

The search involved around 30 of our volunteers, Police and the Police helicopter. As the night wore on, search managers were confident the lady was still in the area and our colleagues at DSRT Tavistock were placed on standby to continue the systematic search once our volunteers were stood down around 03:00

Fortunately the lady was located around 04:30 this morning by a DSRT Tavistock team where she was given medical attention on site before being evacuated to a land ambulance.

Our team duty search manager said “We believe the lady concerned was moving throughout the evening and hence made our search even more challenging. We are very grateful to all our volunteers who turned out overnight and those from our sister team at Tavistock who brought the search to a successful conclusion.”

 

Press reports

Torbay Herald Express: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Missing-woman-Dartmoor-following-overnight-search/story-27887684-detail/story.html#ixzz3n7kO4nHq

Sunday, 08 November 2015 12:29

Callout Interrupts Trainee Selection Day

Injured walker at Hameldown Tor

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers worked alongside ambulance personnel to effect a rescue from the Upper Dart Valley

Saturday November 11th we were hosting our annual selection day for new prospective team members when at 11:20 we were called to assist South Western Ambulance Trust with an injured person in the Hameldown Tor area.

On route to the callout we were stood down when the injured person was able to make it to the roadside and a waiting ambulance crew.

Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:25

Search instigated at South Brent

Search instigated at South Brent

At 19:08 on Thursday 17th December the team were called to assist the Devon and Cornwall Police with a missing person search in the South Brent area of South Dartmoor. On the way to the RV, our volunteers were stood down as the person was located at Buckfast Abbey safe and well.

Landrover Ambulance with a Police car behind that is semi obscured.

Sunday, 27 December 2015 12:12

Devon volunteers called to Yorkshire floods

Devon volunteers called to Yorkshire floods

The team have been called out, alongside other Dartmoor teams and Exmoor, to assist with the flood situation in Yorkshire.

Please spare a thought for the 16 DSRT Ashburton members who are driving to York right now to assist with flood recovery work. Please also think of their families and friends whose sacrifice often gets missed.

The search and rescue teams from Dartmoor, Exmoor and Cornwall are all supporting this effort to respond to flooding alongside team members from many mountain rescue teams nationwide.

Please spare a thought for the 16 DSRT Ashburton members who are driving to York right now to assist with flood recovery work. Please also think of their families and friends whose sacrifice often gets missed. The search and rescue teams from Dartmoor, Exmoor and Cornwall are all supporting this effort to respond to flooding alongside team members from many mountain rescue teams nationwide

 On standby

The team were on standby to help with the floods just before Christmas in Cumbria, however we weren’t required.

The SW peninsula region has provided 49 people (22 Swift Water Rescue Technicians, 27 Level 2 trained), 8 4×4 vehicles, 1 boat and 2 water incident search managers. This still leaves over 75% of our personnel and the better part of our resources in the area.

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