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Callouts 2018

Heightened alert for Dartmoor rescuers

  • STANDBY - 13 Nov – Exeter - Near Miss – The team were called by D&C Police approx. 06:15 this morning to assist in the search for a vulnerable female missing in the Exeter area.  The search managers concluded that there was insufficient information to necessitate deployment for DSRTA members, and so elected to wait for further (mobile phone) intel from the Police in order to narrow the possible search areas.  At approx 10:30 the misper was located on an industrial estate near to where she had been found the previous day having gone missing.
  • STANDBY - 26 Oct – Babbacombe – Near Miss: approx. 07:20 D&C contacted the SM’s regarding a high-risk vulnerable missing person in the Torquay area.  The MCA was in attendance to cover coastal areas identified through a mobile phone ping test, which our Duty Search Manager deferred to in the absence of defined inland areas for our volunteers to search. A short while after, the misper was located safe and well by Devon and Cornwall Police.
  • STANDBY - 25 Oct – Sidmouth – Near Miss: just after 19:00 last Wed Devon & Cornwall Police contacted our team Search Managers regarding a potential high-risk missing person in the Sidmouth area.  The Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was on-scene and searching coastal areas and so our duty Search Manager postponed our involvement until these areas were exhausted or further intelligence suggested areas we would add value to searching.  Shortly after initial notification, the misper was located at a member of the family’s residence in Dorset.
Published in Standby 2017

Search for pensioner centred at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Callout 28/2018 - Weston / Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth. 20:30 30th October 2018

The team were called last night by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist with a search for a male in his 70s who had gone missing earlier in the day giving cause for concern.

Dartmoor Rescue volunteers waiting to be deployed at the Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth on a callout for a missing elderly male

The search was entered around the Donkey Sanctuary / Weston area to the East of Sidmouth, where the gentleman’s car was found and down to the coast. Multiple agencies were involved including Police officers, a Police National Air Service helicopter, Sidmouth Lifeboat, Beer Coastguard Rescue Team, a Coastguard Rescue helicopter and a Devon and Cornwall Police search dog 

The search was stood-down in the early hours due to the difficult terrain and resumed in daylight this morning.

Thanks to a member of the public our volunteers located evidence that has significantly narrowed the search area, but due to the difficult terrain, the search was postponed until daylight this morning.

CALLOUT UPDATE 31st October:  

We are very sad to report that a body has been located by Coastguard rescue teams today.  

The Coastguard along with the Police search manager and staff from the Donkey Sanctuary with local knowledge, working in very difficult terrain, discovered the body of the missing person at the base of Dunscombe Cliffs in dense undergrowth in the area identified by our search teams last night.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the gentleman as this very sad and difficult time.

Published in Callouts 2018
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