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Callouts 2022

Sunday, 01 January 2023 16:00

Missing person - Exeter

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Callout 40/2022 - Exeter 11:30 27th October 2022 On Thursday 27th Oct at approximately 11:00hrs, the duty SM, was contacted by D&C Police to assist in the search for a female seen going into the water at the Quay in Exeter. The team was deployed at about 11:30hrs, and stood down shortly after as the body of a female was recovered by Police divers. Six members of the team who made it to the Quay were able to assist the Police with cordoning off areas of interest and assisted SWAST in setting up a tent so identification could be carried…
Friday, 28 October 2022 11:29

Person stuck on Haytor

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Callout 39/2022 - Haytor 18:15 23rd October 2022 A busy weekend and the return to Haytor. The team were called just after 18:15hrs today to help a woman stuck on the top of Haytor Rocks. Two team members, who were returning from search dog training, were nearby and diverted to help the lady down. Shortly after 18:35hrs the team were stood down. The relieved young woman told team members “This is brilliant, it was so quick. I don't know what we would do without this emergency service”.
Friday, 28 October 2022 11:23

Overdue walker - Haytor

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Callout 38/2022 - Haytor 20:17 22nd October 2022 At just before 21:00hrs on Saturday night Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Ashburton were called out to search for a man in his 40s who was lost, possibly injured, somewhere north of Haytor. He had been on a dog walk late on Saturday afternoon with his family. As darkness fell and the fog rolled in, he became separated from his group and was unable to find either them or his way back to the carpark. His sister, concerned for his safety, raised the alarm. Almost 20 volunteers from the rescue team…
Friday, 28 October 2022 11:19

Trapped dog - Haytor Quarry

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Callout 37/2022 - Haytor Quarry 18:45 13th October 2022 Not our usual callout, but nonetheless the team were called upon when a lovely spaniel had been exploring a granite spoil heap just north of Haytor when a rock slipped, trapping her for several hours. With the assistance of Devon Cave Rescue Organisation & Bovey Tracey Fire Station we were able to work together and free Jess who thankfully was unharmed but a little shaken. Our team located the site and after assessing the situation called for the specialised services of Fire and Rescue and DCRO. As it was dark, our…
Friday, 28 October 2022 11:16

Injured walker, Cold East Cross, Dartmoor

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Callout 36/2022 - Cold East Cross 16:00 4th October 2022 At approximately 1600hours on Monday, the search manager was contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police to request the team in locating an injured walker in the area of Cold East Cross, Dartmoor. The lone female in her 60's, an experienced walker was out with her dog and was able to raise the alarm quickly. Knowing Dartmoor, she was able to give details as to her approximate location. Unfortunately, she had taken a fall and sustained a leg injury. The team were called out at 16:21hrs and were able to quickly…
Friday, 28 October 2022 11:14

Vulnerable young female missing - Exeter

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Callout 35/2022 - Exeter 15:44 18th September 2022 At approximately 1544hrs this afternoon the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police concerning a vulnerable young female who had gone missing from Royal Devon & Exeter hospital earlier in the day. Thankfully, whilst the team were enroute to commence searching, the missing person (Misper) was spotted by a member of the public that knew her and she was found safe and well in the local area by police officers.
Friday, 28 October 2022 10:59

Missing person - Haldon Forest

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Callout 34/2022 - Haldon Forest 23:43 14th September 2022 Shortly before midnight the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall police to help search for a male who was reported missing in Haldon Forest. As the team arrived at Haldon Forest the man was located by police and the team stood down. 
Friday, 28 October 2022 10:56

Missing elderly male, Kingsbridge

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Callout 33/2022 - Kingsbridge 10:09 11th September 2022 The team were alerted by Devon & Cornwall police to search for an 82 year old gentleman missing from his home in Kingsbridge. However shortly after the alert, police located the missing person and the team were stood down.
Sunday, 04 September 2022 16:54

SWAST assist - Becky Falls

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Callout 32/2022 - Becky Falls, Manaton 14:28 29th August 2022 On Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August the team were called to assist SWAST, to recover a female walker who had fallen whilst out walking near Becky Falls and sustained injuries to both legs. Paramedics were at the scene and several members who were in the area arrived ahead of the main team and assisted with the carry off. Twenty two members were able to respond and those not at the scene or on route were stood down. We wish the injured lady a speedy recovery.
Sunday, 04 September 2022 16:52

High risk missing male - Torquay

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Callout 31/2022 - Marldon, Torquay 23:50 27th August 2022 Just before midnight on Saturday 27th Aug, DSRT Ashburton were called to assist in the search for a high risk male in the Marldon area of Torquay. Team members arrived at about 01:00hrs and searched until 03:00hrs. Unfortunately the missing person was not located and Police enquiries continue. The team stood down and set off home for a well deserved rest, having been out less than 24hrs earlier looking for a vulnerable female in Ashburton. Fortunately she was found and handed over to the Police.
Sunday, 04 September 2022 16:47

Missing elderly female - Ashburton

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Callout 30/2022 - Ashburton 04:00 27th August 2022 The team were alerted to search for a 71 year old female who had left her house in the early hours. Several areas along her likely route to Buckfastleigh were searched, until the lady was located near Buckfastleigh at around 07:30 and returned home by police.
Sunday, 04 September 2022 16:44

Missing vulnerable female - Kingsbridge

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Callout 29/2022 - Kingsbridge 09:30 24th August 2022 On Wednesday 24th Aug, DSRT Ashburton were called by Devon & Cornwall Police, to assist in the search for a missing vulnerable 71yrs old female on the outskirts of Kingsbridge. 13 members of our team along with a Mountain Rescue Search dog team from DSRT Tavistock and several members of our sister team from Plymouth, attended. Members started to search designated areas just before midday, then in the early afternoon the search dog team found the missper, unfortunately deceased. Our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time.
Saturday, 20 August 2022 14:48

Missing child - Buckfastleigh

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Callout 28/2022 - Buckfastleigh 15:54 18th August 2022 The Team were alerted to help search for a missing 10 year old child, however within 5 minutes of the alert the child was found safe and well by the police.
Thursday, 18 August 2022 11:24

Missing vunerable person - Bickington

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Callout 27/2022 - Bickington 00:30 18th August 2022 The Team were alerted to search for a missing vunerable male near Bickington, however he was located by police while the team were mobilising for the third callout in 3 nights.
Wednesday, 17 August 2022 15:09

High risk missing person - Newton Abbot

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Callout 26/2022 - Newton Abbot 20:00 16th August 2022 The team were called to assist in the search for a high risk missing person in the Baker's Park area, however while on route to the incident the person was located by the police helicopter which directed local police resources.
Wednesday, 17 August 2022 15:06

High risk missing person - Exeter

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Callout 25/2022 - Exeter 20:16 15th August 2022 Late evening on Monday 15th Aug, DSRT Ashburton were contacted by D&C Police to assist in the search for a missing vulnerable male in the Exminster area of Exeter. 14 members were able to assist and searched large wooded areas on the outskirts of Exminster. The search continued into the early morning standing down at about 01:30hrs. We were unable to locate the individual and the Police search was scaled back and may be resumed. 
Sunday, 14 August 2022 12:01

Vunerable missing female, Sidmouth

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Callout 24/2022 - Sidmouth 16:00 10th August 2022 Late afternoon on Wednesday 10th Aug, the team were called to attend and search an area of woodland above Sidmouth, searching for a vulnerable missing female. At about 21:30hrs after an extensive search of a defined area we stood down as light was fading. Unfortunately, the following day a body of a female fitting the description of the miss per, was found in an outcrop of rocks just off the seafront of Sidmouth. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this sad time.
Sunday, 14 August 2022 11:58

Missing elderly person with dementia

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Callout 23/2022 - Broadhempston 15:00 6th August 2022 The Team were called to assist in the search for an elderly female with dementia, but were stood down while en-route when she was found by a member of the public.
Sunday, 31 July 2022 17:32

Missing person - Teign valley

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Callout 22/2022 - Teign Valley 21:10 27th July 2022 On the evening of 27-07-22 the team were called to search woodland in the Teign valley for a person reported to be missing and vulnerable. 26 team members attended and searched for just short of 5 hours. We stood down for the night at this point. The following day a deceased person was located and further searches were suspended. Our thoughts are with the missing person’s family and friends.
Friday, 15 July 2022 08:23

Fallen climber, Haytor

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Callout 21/2022 - New Bridge 21:29 8th July 2022 At 2130hrs on Friday the rescue team were called out by South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) to provide assistance with a climber who had fallen near Haytor Rocks and sustained back injuries. The team were mobilised and as the light was fading 15 volunteers headed to scene. Just as the first team members reached the casualty site the injured climber was airlifted by the Devon Air Ambulance helicopter. The team were then stood down. We wish the climber a speedy recovery
Friday, 15 July 2022 08:15

Missing elderly lady, Teignmouth

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Callout 20/2022 - Teignmouth 02:10 5th July 2022 At approximately 02:10hrs, the duty SM, was contacted by D&C Police, to search for a 72yrs old female with dementia, poor eyesight and reduced mobility. The full team was called out at about 02:40hrs. Open areas on the edge of Teignmouth seafront and paths close to the railway line were searched. Once these areas had been done, teams were then brought into search the streets and alleyways, close to the misper's home. Several members had to leave and the remainder were split into 5 teams of two, enabling us to cover large…
Saturday, 02 July 2022 10:18

Missing lady - Newbridge

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Callout 19/2022 - New Bridge 04:00 30th June 2022 Just after 04:00 the rescue team received a request from D&C Police to assist in a search for a woman reported missing, and her car had been located at New Bridge near Poundsgate. Teams were dispatched to search the banks of river Dart and other likely areas while the police made further enquiries. Once the police had confirmed she was definitely at the location using CCTV, assistance was requested from Plymouth and Tavistock DSRT teams and also the Fire Service. Further extensive searches were carried out until late in the afternoon.…
Friday, 24 June 2022 07:56

Injured visitor at Becky Falls

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Callout 18/2022 - Becky Falls 17:00 22nd June 2022 At approximately 1700hrs on Wednesday 22nd June the rescue team received a request for us to provide assistance to the South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) in bringing a lady with a suspected fractured ankle back from a difficult to access location within the Becky Falls woodland park tourist attraction. Due to the narrow paths, trees, stumps, roots, steep slopes, boulders and steps this turned out to be a challenging callout. Despite this our skilled volunteers utilised their training to bring the casualty back to the road head as quickly and…
Monday, 20 June 2022 09:13

Injured walker near Dartmeet

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Callout 17/2022 - Dartmeet 16:00 16th June 2022 At approximately 1600 hrs on Thursday Devon and Cornwall Police contacted the rescue team with a request for us to provide assistance to a South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) ambulance crew in bringing an injured patient along a difficult to access footpath in the Dart valley approximately 1 mile south of Dartmeet. An initial team of our volunteers with a stretcher were dispatched from their rendezvous point at Dartmeet to the injured person's location and within 5 minutes they encountered the ambulance crew and their injured patient walking back along the…
Monday, 20 June 2022 09:08

Training turns into real incident.

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Callout 16/2022 - Saddle Tor 15:00 11th June 2022 Whilst assisting D&C Police on a training course for police search managers, an incident was called regarding a member of the public had suffered a dislocated knee on Saddle Tor. Police exercise was stopped and all teams assisted with recovery. This became a joint recovery of PenMaCRA members assisting the recovery of the casualty, who was eventually handed over to the ambulance service.
Monday, 23 May 2022 13:15

Electric wheelchair recovery

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Callout 15/2022 - Dr Blackall's Drive 16:20 22nd May 2022 At approximately 1620hrs today Devon & Cornwall Police contacted the rescue team to ask for assistance for a 23-year-old male in an electric wheel chair which had broken down towards the western end of Dr Blackhall’s Drive, just north of New Bridge. Several team members who were nearby, quickly located the individual and his 68-year-old carer and assessed the situation. In the meantime, a limited callout was issued and 8 team members and a team landrover were dispatched to the location. Team members assisted in getting the broken-down electric wheelchair,…
Monday, 02 May 2022 11:32

Injured walker, Shipley Bridge

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Callout 14/2022 - Shipley Bridge 12:09 2nd May 2022 At approximately 12:10 yesterday the team were contacted to assist with an injured walker, who had slipped on riverside rocks, sustaining a back injury just North of Shipley Bridge car park. A limited number of members were required and those not required were stood down. 8 team members and a first responder remained with the lady until the ambulance arrived at 14:00. The team utilised their equipment to keep her warm and protected her from the elements until the ambulance arrived where they assisted paramedics in moving her into the ambulance.…
Tuesday, 26 April 2022 08:56

High risk missing female - Sidmouth

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Callout 13/2022 - Sidmouth 18:58 21st April 2022 The team were called at 18:58 on 21st April to assist with the search for a high risk missing female with dementia. As the Search Manager was arranging drivers the team were stood down at 19:02 as the missing lady was found by Devon & Cornwall Police.
Sunday, 10 April 2022 10:59

Missing lady - Seaton

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Callout 12/2022 - Seaton 02:48 10th April 2022 The team were contacted by Devon and Cornwall Police at 02:48 this morning to search for a lady in her 50s who was missing in Seaton with significant concern for her welfare. A full team callout was issued at 03:12 for team members to deploy. 3 search parties covered a number of areas and routes between her point last seen and her home address. A fire service drone search unit also assisted in the search. The lady was sighted, on the move, by team members at approximately 07:15 and brought back to…
Sunday, 10 April 2022 10:57

Unwell walker - Bel Tor

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Callout 11/2022 - Bel Tor corner 14:01 8th April 2022 The team were contacted by Devon and Cornwall Police at 14:01hours today following a request for assistance for an unwell walker in an organised party. The duty search manager contacted the party leader directly and learned that the casualty was not far from the road and ambulance service were assisting by phone. It was agreed to provide a limited response to assist in getting the casualty to the road, and therefore a callout initiated at 14:13hours. The informant called back at 14:18hours to advise that the casualty had recovered significantly…
Thursday, 07 April 2022 16:06

Missing person - Clyst St Mary

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Callout 10/2022 - Clyst St Mary 14:29 6th April 2022 At approximately 14:00hours DSRT Ashburton were contacted by Devon and Cornwall Police to assist in the search of an elderly male with dementia in the area of Clyst St Mary. The team were called out at approximately 14:25hrs with the intention of providing a limited response to work alongside Urban Search and Rescue from DSFRS with more members in reserve to scale up our response in the evening, if required. As team members arrived at the rendezvous and began obtaining details from police officers on scene, the gentleman was located…
Thursday, 07 April 2022 16:04

High risk missing person - Babbacombe

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Callout 9/2022 - Torquay 21:10 31st March 2022 The duty SM was contacted by D&C Police at approx 21:10 last Thursday evening, requesting team assistance towards a high risk missing person search in the Torquay area. Having agreed with the LPSM a targeted area search, the team deployed to seven open ground and wooded area sectors within 1km of the home address. The team stood down around 01:00 having completed these, with no further action pending further information.
Thursday, 17 March 2022 08:51

High risk missing person - Torquay

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Callout 8/2022 - Torquay 18:00 7th March 2022 The team were contacted by Devon and Cornwall Police at just before 6pm on Monday evening and asked if they would assist the Coastguard in the search for a 29 year old high-risk missing male in the Meadfoot/Ansteys cove area of Torquay. Just as the team were arriving at the scene the missing person was found by the police and the team were stood down.
Monday, 07 March 2022 11:51

SWAST assist - 70 year old male on Haytor

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Callout 7/2022 - Haytor 11:05 6th March 2022 This morning the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police on behalf of South Western Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) and asked to assist with the evacuation of a 70-year-old male who had had a seizure near the top of Haytor Rocks. A Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) helicopter was also requested. The rescue team were quickly mobilised and 16 of our members headed towards the agreed rendezvous point at Haytor. As it was possible to transfer the male to the aircraft with the medical personnel who were in attendance our team…
Monday, 07 March 2022 11:49

Missing person - Woodbury Common

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Callouts 5 & 6/2022 - Woodbury Common 22:35 25th February 2022 The team were called at 2235 to assist with the search for a high risk missing woman on Woodbury Common. Team members deployed and searched until approximately 0400. At 0602 on 26-2-22 a second callout was sent for members to continue the search alongside DSRT Okehampton. The team were stood down at 0852 as the misper had been found and was in the care of medics
Monday, 14 February 2022 08:52

Missing person near Plymouth

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Callouts 3 & 4/2022 - Cadover Bridge 21:30 11th February 2022 At approximately 21-30hrs on Friday 11th Feb, DSRT Ashburton were called to give assistance to our sister teams DSRT Plymouth & Tavistock, who were involved in a large area search near Bickleigh Bridge on the edge of Dartmoor, looking for a vulnerable high risk missing person. Twelve members responded to this call, who were tasked to search areas near Cadover Bridge. They searched the area until well into the early hours of Saturday morning, unfortunately, without success. Team members eventually got home about 04:00hrs. At 07-45hrs on Saturday more…
Thursday, 27 January 2022 11:31

Missing male - South Brent

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Callout 2/2022 - South Brent 17:00 23rd January 2022 The team were called out at 17:00hrs by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist the search for a missing despondent male in the South Brent area. Just as team members were arriving at the rendezvous a police patrol car located the male. The team were stood down at 17:36hrs.
Thursday, 13 January 2022 16:22

Stranded walker near Avon Dam

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Callout 1/2022 - Avon Dam, Shipley Bridge 17:32 12th January 2022 The team’s normal Wednesday training evening was interrupted by their first callout of the year. Devon & Cornwall Police contacted the rescue team at 1750hrs to assist in finding a lady in her 50s who had gone out to take photographs and who had become lost and disorientated North of the Avon Dam. Luckily, the police were able to provide the team with a grid reference of her location. It was dark by this time and the temperature rapidly falling below freezing. As the lady did not have any…
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