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Callouts 2009 - 14

Friday, 21 November 2014 08:44

Exeter student defeated by thick mist

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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

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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

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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

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Search for missing Ashburton man continues

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

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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.  

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Saturday, 29 November 2014 08:14

Paignton search is fourth in a week for volunteers

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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.”

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