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Friday, 26 November 2021 14:59

DSFRS assist

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Callout 34/2021 - Hembury Woods 15:37 19th November 2021 At 1537hrs our duty search manager was contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police and asked we could assist DSFRS in the recovery of a deceased individual from a difficult location in Hembury Woods, Nr Buckfastleigh. At 1551hrs a limited callout for team members was sent. Our team deployed nine of our volunteers, two 4X4 vehicles and a specialised stretcher in support of Devon Somerset Fire and Rescue (DSFRS). The combined team then swiftly brought the deceased to an ambulance at the road head. Our thoughts are with the friends and family…
Tuesday, 16 November 2021 15:32

Missing person - Longdown

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Callout 33/2021 - Longdown 09:10 12th November 2021 Missing vulnerable male: At approximately 09:10hrs on Friday 12th November, DSRT Ashburton were requested to continue a search in the Longdown area, Nr Exeter that had commenced just before midnight the previous day by our sister team North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team. Eleven team members and two SARDA dog teams assisted in the search. Extensive searches in the wooded areas and open fields failed to locate the missing person. After some 6 hours of intense searching the decision to stand the teams down was taken. Our thoughts are with the family…
Monday, 08 November 2021 13:56

Police assistance - Teigngrace

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Callout 32/2021 - Teigngrace 16:47 5th November 2021 The Team's Swift Water Technicians were requested by Police to attend the site of a callout from March to assist following additional information from a member of the public..
Friday, 05 November 2021 09:42

Missing person - Paignton

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Callout 31/2021 - Paignton 21:18 4th November 2021 At 21:18hrs last night, the team were deployed by Devon & Cornwall Police to search for a high risk missing person in Paignton. In the darkness, 16 volunteers were engaged in searching high probability wooded areas around Primley House. The team were stood at 00:15hrs. Police are continuing their investigations beyond the initial search area.
Monday, 01 November 2021 15:18

Missing dog walker

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Callout 30/2021 - Mamhead, Near Dawlish 19:31 29th October 2021 Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton (DSRTA) were deployed by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in the search for a dog walker who had gone missing near the Obelisk at Mamhead near Dawlish. Two men had been dog walking at the Obelisk and at dusk one of the dogs fell down a steep wooded slope and did not return. As darkness fell one of the men went looking for the dog. An hour later neither the man not the dog had returned and the remaining concerned dog walker called 999.…
Tuesday, 26 October 2021 11:47

Missing person - Lopwell Dam, Plymouth

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Callout 29/2021 - Lopwell Dam, Plymouth 07:40 22nd October 2021 The team was contacted by the Police at 0740 to request assistance with an ongoing search for a missing person thought to be in the area around Lopwell Dam. This would be the continuation of an overnight search involving DSRTs Plymouth and Tavistock. We had a turnout of 25 members and were joined by a SARDA dog and handler, which allowed us to field 5 search parties including one dog team. These hill parties searched some difficult, steep, wooded terrain on both sides of the River Tavy, alongside numerous colleagues…
Tuesday, 26 October 2021 11:44

Injured walker - Erme Plains

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Callout 28/2021 - Erme Plains 12:24 10th October 2021 Shortly after midday today DSRT Ashburton were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in locating a walker with a lower leg injury on Dartmoor National Park somewhere north of Ivybridge. 20 team members and 3 Land Rovers were deployed onto the Moor using a track from Bittaford. Having located the casualty, team members assessed the injury and carried him across rough ground on a mountain rescue stretcher. In consultation with colleagues at ambulance control we agreed to convey him back to his car so that he can return to…
Thursday, 23 September 2021 13:45

Missing person from Thames Valley area

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Callout 27/2021 - Cullompton 09:00 23rd September 2021 Following extensive searches by our sister teams, Exmoor Search & Rescue Team, North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England, Devon & Cornwall Police over the previous 36hours, Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton were deployed by police this morning to continue the search of a high risk missing person from Thames Valley area, in woodland between Kentisbeare and Broadhembury, East Devon. We were joined by Urban Search & Rescue, other outside agencies and our colleagues Dsrt Plymouth were also deployed, along with Police Drones and West Cornwall Search &…
Wednesday, 15 September 2021 07:45

Despondent female - Wrangaton

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Callout 26/2021 - Wrangaton 18:16 13th September 2021 The team were called at 1816 to assist in the search for a despondent female walking the moor near to Ugborough Beacon. Whilst en route the team were stood down at 1849 as the missing person was located and with police officers.
Thursday, 09 September 2021 16:31

Missing person - Torbay

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Callout 25/2021 - Torbay Hospital 17:31 8th September 2021 The Team were alerted at 17:31 to locate a missing person near Torbay Hospital, but stood down while members were en-route at 17:50 as the person was located by police.
Tuesday, 07 September 2021 08:14

Lost walker - Haytor

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Callout 24/2021 - Haytor 21:06 2nd September 2021 The team were called at 2106 to search for a male who had become benighted and disorientated in the Holwell area of Haytor Common. Members deployed and the person was located fairly quickly. The team was stood down at 2325
Thursday, 02 September 2021 07:52

Incident - River Dart valley

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Callout 23/2021 - New Bridge 13:43 29th August 2021 The team were called on Sunday 29th August at 13:43 to assist in an incident in which it was reported that a person had fallen from the Lover’s Leap crag on the ‘Loop’ section of the River Dart. Initially, we had no indication of the extent of the fall, the casualty’s condition, or indeed his whereabouts, as it was not clear whether he had fallen into the river. Some team members deployed to locations on both sides of the river, ahead of the arrival and set up of the control point.…
Sunday, 22 August 2021 19:13

Injured walker - Lucky Tor

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Callout 22/2021 - Lucky Tor 21:00 20th August 2021 Shortly after 21:00 on Friday 20th August Dartmoor search and rescue team (Ashburton) were contacted by police with a request from SWAST to assist a walker in the Dart Valley with a lower leg injury. With support from a local landowner who facilitated access through their fields an advance party was deployed to treat & stabilise the casualty, while a stretcher party make their way to the casualty location. On recovery to the road head the casualties situation had remained stable and it was agreed that it would be appropriate for…
Tuesday, 10 August 2021 13:20

Vulnerable missing girl in the Honiton Area

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Callout 21/2021 - Honiton area 21:45 6th August 2021 On Friday evening the duty SM, was contacted to assist D&C Police in the search for a vulnerable missing girl in the Honiton Area. The missing person had suffered a catastrophic injury some years ago and now had the mental age of an 11 year old. The team was called out to assist at about 21:45hrs. Sixteen members were able to attend, however, 5 members made it to the RV just as the young girl was found, the remaining members were stood down on route. The missing person was located in…
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:36

Missing teenager, Exmouth

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Callout 20/2021 - Exmouth 02:40 15th July 2021 At approximately 02:40, the team were called to assist D&C Police in the search for a missing vulnerable 18yr old male in the Exmouth area. Team members responded to the call with additional support coming from our sister team DSRT Okehampton. Just before dawn the misper was located by team members, and Fire Officers, unfortunately, deceased. A massive thanks to members from both teams and Fire service, who assisted. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this tragic time.
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:31

Elderly gentleman, Kingsbridge

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Callout 19/2021 - Kingsbridge 19:44 2nd July 2021 DSRT Ashburton were alerted by Police for a missing elderly gentleman with dementia in Kingsbridge area. As the team were assembling, the Police were alerted by residents to a confused gentleman knocking on doors, who was confirmed as the missing person. The team were stood down at 21:26.
Tuesday, 29 June 2021 13:11

Missing farmer from Upottery

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Callout 18/2021 - Upottery 14:00 23rd June 2021 DSRT Ashburton along with sister teams from SAR Exmoor, DSRT Okehampton, assisted Devon & Cornwall Police and other emergency services in the search for the 62yr old missing farmer Roy Hunt. On Sunday 27th whilst Police carried out further searches in outbuildings on the farm, they unfortunately came across the body of Mr Hunt. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this most difficult of times.
Tuesday, 01 June 2021 11:00

Ambulance assist

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Callout 17/2021 - Huntingdon Warren 15:14 31st May 2021 At approximately 15:00hrs the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist with evacuating an experienced walker who had a suspected broken ankle near Huntington Warren. A full team callout was therefore initiated at 15:14hrs. One of our team members happened to be out on the moor nearby when he received the callout. Making his way to the location he assisted in loading the lady on to an air ambulance who conveyed her to hospital. The team were stood down at 15:44hrs. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Friday, 16 April 2021 08:13

Missing person, Sidmouth

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Callout 16/2021 - Sidmouth 16:08 15th April 2021 Shortly before 16:00hrs on Thursday 15th April the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in the search for a high risk missing person in the Peak Hill area of Sidmouth. At 16:08hrs a full team callout was initiated. Alongside HM Coastguard, search areas were tasked with assistance from MRSDE search dog Oscar (DSRT Tavistock). Members covered a vast area of difficult terrain, however at 21:30hrs the team were stood down after the missing person had not yet been located. Devon & Cornwall Police are continuing with their enquiries.
Monday, 12 April 2021 18:43

Missing youth, Torquay

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Callout 14/2021 - Torquay 15:55 10th April 2021 The team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in a multi-agency search for a high risk missing individual in the Torquay area. The focus of the search on Saturday was in the steep coastal and inland areas between Watcombe Beach and Black Head. Agencies involved were: Torbay coastguard Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton Berry Head Coastguard Teignmouth coastguard Prawle Point Coastguard National Police Air Service (NPAS) Coastguard Helicopter - Rescue 924 RNLI Torbay RNLI Teignmouth Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton stood down at 20:00 hrs. Callout 15/2021…
Saturday, 10 April 2021 09:47

Missing elderly lady, Paignton

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Callout 13/2021 - Paignton 21:18 8th April 2021 Shortly after 21:00hrs the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in the search for a high risk vulnerable missing lady living with dementia in the Paignton area. A full team callout was initiated at 21:18hrs with 16 members arriving at the rendezvous ready for deployment. As well as DSRT Ashburton, Devon Somerset Fire & Rescue, HM Coastguard, RNLI, and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) were also in attendance. The team were tasked with searching several regular walking routes of the female who had not returned home following…
Saturday, 10 April 2021 09:45

Missing young adult, Woodbury Common

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Callout 12/2021 - Woodbury Common 20:59 7th April 2021 Whilst on our weekly training exercise in the Saddle Tor area the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in a search for a young adult on Woodbury Common. She was thought to have experienced a medical episode having not returned home from a walk & her phone was not reachable. A full team callout was made, the exercise aborted and our sister team North Dartmoor Search & Rescue were asked to stand by, pending improved understanding of the search tasking. Thankfully she was located by Police helicopter,…
Friday, 26 March 2021 09:28

Missing male - Teigngrace

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Callout 11/2021 - Teigngrace 15:00 18th March 2021 At approximately 14:30hrs, on Thursday 18th March, DSRT Ashburton were called to assist Devon & Cornwall Police in the search for a missing male in the Preston, Teignrace area of Newton Abbot. Due to the high concern for the individual, a full team call out was sent at approximately 15:00hrs. On arrival of team members, two search teams searched along both sides of the River Teign from Sampson’s Farm to Teign Bridge, and another search team carried out a sweep down from New Bridge to Sampson’s Farm. On completion of these searches,…
Friday, 26 March 2021 09:26

2 missing teenagers

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Callout 10/2021 - Bovey Tracey 02:49 17th March 2021 On 02:36hrs Wednesday 17th March the team were called by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in the search for 2 vulnerable female teenagers who had been missing in the Bovey Tracey area since Tuesday evening. Thankfully whilst team members were en route to the RV the girls were found by a security officer and the team was stood down. Thanks to all who attended.
Friday, 26 March 2021 09:21

Missing person - Haytor

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Callout 9/2021 - Haytor 05:24 13th March 2021 At 04:57 the on duty search manager team was contacted by the Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in locating a cold and distressed male in his early 20’s, camping near Haytor Rocks. As the weather conditions on the moor were very hazardous with heavy rain, driving winds and very low temperatures, the team was quickly mobilised with a full team callout triggered at 05:24hrs. The Police helicopter was also tasked to assist. With the weather conditions as they were, the helicopter struggled to maintain a search pattern but credit to the…
Friday, 26 March 2021 09:18

Injured ankle - Haytor

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Callout 8/2021 - Haytor 13:35 2nd March 2021 At 1335 on Tuesday 2nd March the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist South West Ambulance Service with the extraction of a lady with a broken ankle on the northern side of Haytor Rocks. After contacting the lady directly to assess the situation, a limited callout was initiated with the plan of taking a small number of team members and a landrover to the lady's location. No sooner had the team been mobilised Devon and Cornwall Police control room contacted us to say that the South West Ambulance…
Saturday, 27 February 2021 10:53

Evacuation assistance

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Callout 7/2021 - Exeter 06:00 27th February 2021 At 7pm on Friday evening we received a request to join various local resilience forum discussions which continued late into Friday night. The conclusion was that 36 members of the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton team and a similar number of colleagues from DSRT Okehampton joined Coast Guard, Devon Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Devon 4x4 response and REACT volunteers to assist Devon & Cornwall Police with evacuating over 2500 thousand properties in the Exeter area due to the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb. The team were deployed for…
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 18:12

Lost walkers

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Callout 6/2021 - Shipley Bridge 15:20 14th February 2021 This afternoon the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police, who had received a report from two female walkers that had become cold and frightened whilst on a walk from Ivybridge to Buckfastleigh. Team members were deployed from Shipley Bridge and Lud Gate (near Buckfastleigh) to a known position gained from the walkers mobile phones. Once located they were checked over by a team Dr and escorted by team members back to our control point to be collected by a relative. Whilst every team member is happy to volunteer their…
Saturday, 06 February 2021 18:41

Missing person

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Callout 5/2021 - Bovey Tracey 06:50 6th February 2021 The team were contacted at 06:50hrs this morning by Devon & Cornwall Police to respond to a missing person from the Kingsteignton area. Initial information led the police to request us to search locations in the Bovey Tracey area. Shortly after 10:00hrs a member of the public reported seeing a person matching the missing persons description in the area of Heathfield, Newton Abbot. Two team Land Rovers took team doctors and other personnel to the location where the missing person was assessed medically and handed over to South Western Ambulance Service…
Friday, 29 January 2021 14:20

Missing person - Honiton

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Callout 4/2021 - Honiton 01:50 28th January 2021 The team were called out during the early hours of Thursday morning to search for a missing person. Subsequently we have been part of an ongoing multi agency search in the Honiton area over the last 36 hours involving search & rescue teams from across the county, as well as DSFRS and of course Devon & Cornwall Police. During that time 35 team members from Ashburton have been out searching across three separate shifts. Woodland, farmland, rivers, paths and bridleways have all been searched with no further sighting of the missing person.…
Thursday, 28 January 2021 14:43

Snow plan standby and overturned gritter

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Callout 2/2021 - Holne 04:00 24th January 2021 Last night the team were placed on standby due to the snow and freezing conditions, with 10 team members & 2 drivers from Devon 4x4 response on standby from 2330hrs spending a very cold night at our rescue centre. Thankfully traffic was very light and we had no major incidents for most of the night . At around 4am we were tasked to investigate a report that a gritter had overturned & that contact with the driver had been lost. The team deployed in 3 land rovers to facilitate social distancing. On…
Sunday, 03 January 2021 10:03

Overdue camper - Hound Tor

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Callout 1/2021 - Hound Tor 00:15 3rd January 2021 Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton were deployed to locate an overdue camper near Hound Tor - more details to follow...
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