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Callouts 2016

Thursday, 01 December 2016 08:50

Worried Family Prompts Search for Teenage Walker

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  Search for teenage lone camper. Last night’s joint training exercise with Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Tavistock turned into our 37th callout of the year and the second in as many days as team members arrived at the RV at Two Bridges. The worried family of an experienced and well equipped teenage walker who left home for a few days Dartmoor camping had called Police after no communication had been received from her since she left. Members from both teams retraced her intended route and other locations on the north moor in freezing temperatures and thick fog looking for…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 12:50

Search for Missing Exeter Man in Sub-Zero Temperatures

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  Concern for missing Exeter man in sub-zero temperatures. With temperatures below freezing, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton was called by Devon and Cornwall Police to search for a missing 47 year old male in the Barley Lane area of the city of Exeter yesterday evening. Acting on Police intelligence, members searched wooded steep ground on the Western side of the city for any signs of the missing male. Unfortunately no signs of the whereabouts of his whereabouts were discovered and the team were stood down around midnight. The missing man Mr Pryce, who lives in St Thomas, hasn’t been…
Saturday, 26 November 2016 12:54

Overdue Walking Group at Harford Moor Gate

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  Harford Moor Gate The team were called on this evening by Devon and Cornwall Police regarding a party of walkers overdue at Harford Moor Gate in Dartmoor National Park. A mixed group of 8 walkers on the Two Moors Way including adults and children were expected at Harford Moor Gate around 6pm. They reported by phone that they were 10 mins away but had not arrived, and had lost phone signal, an hour later. This would be easily explained as a misinterpretation of where they were on the tramway and there was no suggestion of mishap or vulnerability. The…
Saturday, 29 October 2016 13:35

Missing Person Enquiry, Branscombe

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Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton assisted Devon and Cornwall Police with a missing person enquiry around the Branscombe area in East Devon this morning. The man from Exeter went missing on Tuesday 25th October whose disappearance is out of character. Following his car being found in a public car park at Branscombe beach, the team were allocated search areas by the Police which we searched from 08:00 to around midday with no further signs of the missing elderly gentleman. Devon and Cornwall Police have issued an appeal for information The Police investigation continues
  Second callout of the day to assist the Devon Air Ambulance with a patient evacuation. As a Devon search and rescue charity, we assist the emergency services with incidents across the county where they don’t have the equipment or resources to bring the incident to a conclusion themselves. On occasions we also assist the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) to transport patients to their aircraft in remote areas where it is difficult to land close by the accident site. Today was one such occasion when we were tasked to a young lady who had slipped on a track behind…
Saturday, 24 September 2016 13:45

Hound Tor Callout

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The team were called to the Hound Tor area of Dartmoor to search for a high risk missing person on Friday evening. Team members rendezvoused at the Hound Tor car park ready to deploy. As members arrived the missing person was located by the National Police Air Service helicopter and officers on the ground recovered him safe and well.
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 13:59

A Repeat Callout on the Same Search

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Following last night’s callout to Coldeast Cross looking for a missing Newton Abbot male in his forties, the team were called out again this evening to cover another search area highlighted by the Police that they wished to clear as part of the investigation into the man’s disappearance. The ground covered last night and tonight turned out to be challenging with dense fern, gorse and bramble meaning low Probability of Detection’ (PoD) scores. PoD gives an indication on how throughly a particular search area can be swept. In an ideal world this would be 100% but in areas such as…
Monday, 05 September 2016 14:03

3rd callout in a week

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What turned out to be a busy few days has seen our number of callouts for the year hit 30 as we were called to a search near Coldeast Cross. The team were called earlier this evening to assist Devon & Cornwall Police with a missing high risk vulnerable male, whose vehicle was discovered in the area earlier by officers. The team, joined by a Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) dog part way through the evening, were deployed to several search areas and the team were eventually stood down before 22:30 once these had been exhausted. The investigation continues.
Sunday, 04 September 2016 14:05

Team Joins Major Search in Cornwall.

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  Our team called out to assist in Cornwall search Our team members were called to assist Cornwall Search and Rescue Team today with a search operation that had been underway since Friday in East Cornwall. 84 year old Derek Dilworth had been missing from his home at Darleyford near Liskeard since Friday afternoon. We joined a coordinated operation that consisted of all 4 Dartmoor search and rescue teams, the fulltime emergency services including the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter. Derek had been out in the wet weather that swept the peninsula yesterday afternoon and we are delighted that…
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 16:08

Concern for Vulnerable 59 Year old from Exeter

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At 19:53 on Tuesday 30th August, a full team callout was issued by Devon and Cornwall Police who had requested assistance in the search for a 59 year old vulnerable female from Exeter. The lady had gone missing around 4pm and given her neighbours cause for concern. Our volunteers, assisted by our colleagues at North Dartmoor Search and Rescue, searched ground around the Ide / St Thomas / Pocombe Bridge area of the city with no sign of the lady’s whereabouts being discovered. After completing our assigned search areas the Dartmoor teams were stood down around 02:00 on Wednesday morning.…
Monday, 15 August 2016 07:41

Call to lone walker north of Eastern White Barrow

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A callout for assistance was issued at 09:07 this morning by Devon and Cornwall Police to find a lone walker who had become lost whilst out on a camping trip. The walker was also diabetic and had been advised to stay put in his tent and wait for team members to find him. A team of 5 team members alongside 2 from our sister team at Plymouth, drove team Landrovers up to the Marker Stone on the Two Moors Way near Crossways from which we walked out to meet him. In the meantime our Search Manager used the SARLOC system…
Monday, 15 August 2016 07:29

Sad End to 2nd Callout of the Day

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Shortly before 5pm on the 15th August, a full team callout was issued to assist our sister teams Exmoor and North Dartmoor Search and Rescue. Exmoor had been tasked to assist Devon and Cornwall Police on Sunday with a search for a missing vulnerable male in the Valley of the Rocks area West of Lynton who had not been seen since he checked into a campsite on Tuesday for a one night stay.   North Dartmoor and ourselves joined the search today that along with Exmoor, involved the RNLI, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and Devon and Somerset Fire and…
Saturday, 06 August 2016 07:33

Missing 16 Year old Enters the River Dart

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The team were called around 22:00 on Friday 5th August to assist Devon & Cornwall Police in looking for a 16 year old male reportedly entering the River Dart having shed all his clothing. Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers were tasked to search the Staverton branch-line and various land based areas, whilst the MCA & RNLI focused on the water environments. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service decided to wait for daylight to put boats in the water following their risk assessment, departing around 1am following searches earlier that evening. MCA personnel continued riverbank searches alongside the Police…
Friday, 05 August 2016 08:01

Exeter search turns up no clues

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At 18:35 on Thursday 4th August, a full team callout was issued to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search centred around the Countesswear Bridge area of the city. A male in his 50’s, considered at high risk, had gone missing around lunchtime and his family were concerned for his welfare. Working on what little information there was regarding his potential whereabouts, our search areas were concentrated north of Countesswear Bridge alongside the River Exe and the canal. 3 x field teams, controlled by our Search Manager working alongside the Police Lost Person Search Manager (LPSM), and a National…
Monday, 11 July 2016 08:19

Call to Assist Our North Dartmoor Colleagues

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At 11am on Monday 11th July, the team were called to assist our North Dartmoor colleagues with a search for a missing person in an area near Cheriton Bishop. Fortunately just after we were called the missing person was found and we were stood down. Standby – 24/07/2016 Briefly on the 24th July at 18:10, the full team were placed on standby to search for a missing person around the Passage House Inn area of Kingsteignton. The team were stood down at 19:28 with no further action required.
Saturday, 09 July 2016 08:27

Difficult Helicopter Winch from Dart Valley

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A full team callout was issued at 18:10 on Friday 8th July to assist the SW Ambulance Service with the recovery of a walker who had slipped and fallen 20m on to rocks in the Upper Dart Valley. Team members walked from the Newbridge car park with the necessary equipment into the casualty site on river left near Bellpool Island to assist paramedics who were on site. The lady had sustained multiple injuries in the fall and was lying on rocks close to the river edge. It was quickly determined that assistance would be required from Rescue 924, the Maritime…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 08:35

Fallen climber, Hound Tor

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At 16:59 today the team were called to assist the SW Ambulance Trust with a climber who had fallen from Hound Tor. We were stood down shortly after when the ambulance trust had resolved the incident.
Sunday, 26 June 2016 08:37

A very long weekend

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Over the 25th / 26th June our team members and dart2ZERO volunteers were heavily involved with the Dartmoor Classic Cyclesportive event which attracts 4,000 cyclists each year to tackle routes over Dartmoor. We fundraise, hand out cake to participants and provide our Control vehicle and team members to assist the organisers with the event Silver Control. Just after we announced the winner of our Prize draw on Sunday and were preparing to return home to our families and a well earned beer, we received a call from the Police to search for a missing elderly gentleman with Alzheimers who had…
Monday, 20 June 2016 08:44

Vulnerable Male Missing on Woodbury Common

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At 20:26 on Sunday evening the team were called to search for a missing vulnerable male with mental health issues in the Woodbury area of East Devon. The team was stood down shortly around 02:00 with our colleagues at Exmoor and North Dartmoor Search and Rescue teams on standby to continue the search. However good news shortly after we were stood down as the male was located. He had made his way to the Cat and Fiddle pub on the Sidmouth road after going out for a walk and getting lost, we believe in the fields towards Westpoint, possibly because…
Thursday, 16 June 2016 08:46

Extraction of Unconscious Teenager

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Early this morning the team were called out to New Waste near Cornwood to assist our colleagues at DSRT Plymouth to search for a Duke of Edinburgh award team. The D of E team had called the ambulance service and reported that one of their members was unconscious. The team were located by helicopter and all members were air-lifted off the moor and our volunteers were stood down. Press articles Plymouth Herald:
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 09:24

Blackpool Sands Search for Missing Teenager

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At 13:44 on Tuesday 14th June the team were called to assist the Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing vulnerable teenager in the Blackpool Sands area of the South Hams. Also in attendance were the Coastguard, RNLI boats from Salcombe and Dartmouth, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency helicopter from St Athan in South Wales and our colleagues from our sister team at DSRT Plymouth. Searching of the local area continued until beyond dusk. At 11pm with the mid-summer light fading, Police decided to close the search for the evening without the missing female having been located.…
Monday, 06 June 2016 09:50

Vulnerable Torquay Teenager

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The team were called by Devon & Cornwall Police at 03:32 in the early hours of this morning to assist with locating a high-risk vulnerable 16yr old, last seen in the Watcombe area of Torquay. Teams were deployed for approx. 3hrs when the misper was reported by a member of the public in the Babbacombe beach area. She was detained by Maritime Coastguard Agency personnel until Police and an Ambulance could attend, at which point the team stood down.
Sunday, 05 June 2016 09:52

End to a Busy Weekend

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Call out- The weekend ends as it started; with a full team response to a missing person with possible dementia on the eastern side of Exeter at the end of a day where the team had been fundraising at the River Dart Country Park. The team were just about to start searching when he was located by family members. All’s well that ends well.
Saturday, 04 June 2016 09:55

Moretonhampstead Callout

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Full team call out to the hills above Moretonhampstead early in the morning on Saturday 4th June to search for a vulnerable missing person. He was found outside of the area that we had been tasked to search shortly after we had deployed. Thanks to DSRT Okehampton who were en route to assist.
Monday, 30 May 2016 09:57

Multi MR Team Callout – Barnstaple

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At 10.30 on the 27th May, North Dartmoor Search and Rescue had a call to assist Exmoor Search & Rescue Team with a callout assisting Devon and Cornwall Police in Barnstaple for a search for a missing vulnerable male. Both teams searched, through the night and after 6 hours of searching the missing male had mot been found. At 7am on the 28th May, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Tavistock and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) took over the search. The missing gentleman was located in Barnstaple a couple of hours later. Another multi team callout.
The team were called out by Devon and Cornwall Police at 16:22 today to assist in the search for missing 39 year old Torquay man who had last been seen on Saturday (21st may) night. Around 30 of our members took part in the search in the Oddicombe / Babbacombe area of Torquay until being stood down around 22:00 this evening with no further clues or sightings of the missing man being reported. During our search of the area around Petitor Point, around 20:45 one of our search teams found a body which it is believed had been there for…
Saturday, 21 May 2016 10:07

CALLOUT and Standby, Saturday 21st May

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After a busy morning doing weekly vehicle and kit checks the team were put on stand by at 13.35 for possible missing persons in the Widecombe area, fortunately they were located safe and well before being deployed. An hour and a half later the team were called again to a missing male reported to be unwell in the Piles Copse area. On route to the RV we were informed that Police Officers had found the casualty but need assistance in getting off the moor. Both team Land Rovers then made their way along the old tramway where we found a…
Saturday, 14 May 2016 10:11

East Devon Callout

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At 11:19 on Saturday 14th May the team were called to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a high risk missing Lithuanian female in the Seaton and Beer area of East Devon.   The lady in her late 20’s had gone missing earlier that morning and the Police had conducted a search with the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter based at Exeter Airport, the RNLI and HM Coastguard. The call was a joint approach with our colleagues from North Dartmoor and Exmoor Search and Rescue Teams also taking part. All the Mountain Rescue…
Saturday, 07 May 2016 10:15

Missing 85 Year old Paignton Man

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On the evening of Friday 6th May the team were tasked to assist our North Dartmoor colleagues with a search for a missing 85 year male whose car had been found abandoned in the Meldon Reservoir area of North Dartmoor. Team members of all 4 Dartmoor teams were already deployed to assist with the annual Ten Tors expedition so a joint team approach was taken in the search for the missing gentleman whilst maintaining cover for the event. Our members returned to our Ten Tors base at Sittaford Moor Gate on the edge of Fernworthy Forest at around 03:30am with…
Thursday, 05 May 2016 10:17

Vulnerable Missing Person, Stoke Gabriel

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The team were tasked at 21:07 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police in the search for a vulnerable female who had gone missing from the Stoke Gabriel area on the edge of the River Dart. One of our team volunteers on the way to the search rendezvous point came across a lady by the side of the road and suspected her to be the missing person we had been tasked to find. Escorting her to the rendezvous this was confirmed by the Police Lost Person Search Manager (LPSM) and the team were stood down.
Sunday, 01 May 2016 10:19

Injured Motorcyclist

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The team was called at 16:13 today to assist the ambulance service with an injured motorcyclist on a green lane in the Scoriton area of South Dartmoor. The injured male was transported to a land ambulance and taken to hospital with a dislocated knee.
Monday, 28 March 2016 10:26

Teenagers Rescued in Midst of Storm Katie

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CALLOUT to Crossways area of the Abbots Way. Our team of volunteers had a bit of a late night last night as they were called at 23:45 to search for a group of teenagers who had found themselves in difficulty to the north west of the Avon Dam Reservoir. Initially a team of 6 members walked out from the dam towards a position indicated by a tracking device the group were carrying. Other team members in our Land Rovers made their way up the puffing billy track to begin searching from west, see video. An hour after leaving the dam…
Saturday, 13 February 2016 10:31

Hopes Nose Search

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Shortly after 20:00 on Friday 12th February, a full team callout was initiated to search for a missing female in her mid 20’s who Devon and Cornwall Police were very concerned about. The search was focused around the Hopes Nose / Ansteys Cove area of Torquay and consisted of multiple agencies including the Coastguard, RNLI and Helicopter. Our team of volunteers were stood down around 02:00 and placed on further stand by to continue the search later in the morning once light. The team has been in further communication with the Police today and as yet no further search activity…
Our volunteers had an early morning alarm call this morning at 06:47 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for an 87 year old gentleman with Alzheimer’s who had gone missing in the Teignmouth area. Fortunately he was found safe and well and we were stood down on our way to assist. At the same time an incident was just starting in Exmouth which we handed over to our DRG colleagues based at Okehampton whilst we were dealing with the Teignmouth job. Fortunately that also came to a rapid conclusion and the team were stood down on route.
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 10:40

Weather catches out Two Moors Way Walkers

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On Tuesday afternoon our duty search manager was contacted by the police who had concerns for two walkers who had dialled 999 after getting disorientated and cold in horrendous weather on the south moor. The pair of walkers had set off from Ivybridge in the morning heading towards their accommodation in Scorriton, as they left the Two Moors Way to join the Abbots Way the weather closed in and they became lost. After making contact with the walkers our search manager was able to determine their location and initiated a limited team callout. Shortly after 1430 four team members in…
The team were called at 19:04 this evening by Devon and Cornwall Police to search for a lost walker in the Pupers Hill area of South Dartmoor. A rapid response from our volunteers meant we had teams out on the moor by 19:40 and the casualty was found safe and well by our volunteers at 20:10. The individual had left his car at Ludgate for a walk on the moor at 4pm this afternoon. Unfortunately he had no map or compass and as visibility and daylight soon deteriorated, he soon became lost and disorientated. He also had no whistle or…
Friday, 15 January 2016 10:48

Fears for Missing Newton Abbot Woman

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At 02:23 a full team callout was initiated to support Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a missing vulnerable woman in her 60’s who had been reported missing from her home around 8pm on Thursday 14th January. Our team volunteers conducted searches through the woods alongside the River Lemon by Bradley Manor until 07:30 when we were stood down pending further Police investigations. Update: 12 Noon 15th January 2016. Good news, the woman was found safe and well in a Newton Abbot B&B this morning. Read more: Follow us: @TQHeraldExpress on Twitter | theheraldexpress on Facebook Press…