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Callouts 2023

Saturday, 14 October 2023 12:35

Casualty evacuation - Dart Valley

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Callout 26/2023 Newbridge 17:36 13th October 2023 The Team were alerted by South West Ambulance Trust to assist in the evacuation of a casualty from the Dart Valley, however before the Team arrived the ambulance crew had managed to get the casualty to the ambulance and did not need the Team's assistance.
Saturday, 14 October 2023 12:33

Missing teenager, Exeter

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Callout 25/2023 Exeter 00:05 13th October 2023 The team were called to Exeter shortly after midnight on Thursday to assist in a search for a vulnerable teenager. A search of 30 high probability areas focussing on urban and parkland regions near the point last seen was coordinated from our mobile control vehicle in the grounds of Exeter police station. We were joined by our sister team North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and resources from Devon and Cornwall police. On completion of the highest priority areas searching was suspended around 6am. The Police…
Monday, 02 October 2023 10:38

Overdue walker - Combestone area

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Callout 24/2023 Ryders Hill 20:00 30th September 2023 The team were called out just after 8pm on Saturday evening to look for a lost walker who was thought to be somewhere between Dunnabridge/Bellever Tor in the north and Holne Moor and Ryders Hill in the south and is an area in excess of 20 square kilometres. In addition to the size of the area, the low visibility, wind and rain made for challenging searching conditions. As the search continued late into the night an on into Sunday morning we became increasing concerned for the ongoing welfare for the missing individual.…
Wednesday, 27 September 2023 09:30

Missing vulnerable female - Throwleigh

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Callout 23/2023 Throwleigh 18:00 26th September 2023 At 08:00 this morning North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team asked us to assist them in a search for a missing person deemed to be at high risk who had been missing since the previous evening. They had searched throughout the night to no avail. At 10:40 a helicopter crew of the National Police Air Service spotted the person near Raybarrow Pool on Throwleigh Common One search party went to her while a stretcher party deployed from Shilstone Tor. She was then stretchered back to the awaiting ambulance service On return to our…
Wednesday, 27 September 2023 09:26

Injured male - Haytor

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Callout 22/2023 Haytor 20:30 13th September 2023 The team were contacted by Devon and Cornwall Police at 20:30 with a request to assist a male in his 30s who had fallen in the vicinity of Haytor Rocks and sustained a suspected broken ankle. As it was dark and the temperature had started to fall the team were keen to respond as quickly as possible. Fortunately for the individual, this callout coincided with a committee meeting being held near our Rescue Centre and we were able to mobilise rapidly. Two landrovers were quickly dispatched in the darkness to Haytor Rocks and…
Wednesday, 13 September 2023 17:31

Continued search at Chudleigh

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Callout 21/2023 Chudleigh 18:00 6th September 2023 On Wednesday 6th September the team were asked for further support in the ongoing search for a missing person in the Chudleigh area. This followed our searches on Monday and further searching by other agencies since then. We agreed that the best resource to use at this time would be our 2 Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England dogs Binnie and Amber who are able to search difficult terrain that it had not been possible to search with other assets. They were deployed in the evening and completed their tasking at 2300. We have…
Wednesday, 13 September 2023 17:29

Missing vulnerable elderly person

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Callout 20/2023 Chudleigh 13:00 5th September 2023 Whilst the previous call was underway, we were asked to stand by to assist in a search for a vulnerable elderly person who had missing from the Chudleigh area for the past 3 days. On completing the handover at Newbridge the team moved to Chudleigh and carried out extensive searches of high probability areas close to the home of the missing person. This included the difficult ground in and around Chudleigh Rocks and a number of other rural segments. Our colleagues from the Devon Cave Recue Organisation also searched the caves. We were…
Wednesday, 13 September 2023 17:27

Ankle injury in Dart Gorge

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Callout 19/2023 Dart Gorge, Newbridge 12:27 5th September 2023 The team were called at 1227 asking for assistance in evacuating a person with a suspected broken ankle from the River Dart gorge who was around 3km upstream of Newbridge. We were able to deploy a casualty carer by Team Landrover to within a short distance of the casualty location, however it transpired that they had already been carried to within a few hundred metres of the road, with the help of members of the public. The casualty was attended by our casualty carers before being brought the remaining distance to…
Wednesday, 13 September 2023 17:26

A busy evening

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Callout 17 & 18/2023 South Hams 16:00 8th August 2023 The team were called out at 16:00 to search for a high risk despondent in the South Hams. The missing person was found alive but unwell as team members started to arrive at the RV. As members were dispersing, a further call came to look for a missing child elsewhere in the region but thankfully they were found before the team deployed.
Monday, 07 August 2023 08:04

Adder bite, Three Barrows

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Callout 16/2023 Three Barrows, Ivybridge 18:30 6th August 2023 The team were contacted approx 6:30pm on Sunday evening to assist with an 'unusual' incident on the moor. A dog had had a encounter with an adder near Redlake, a remote part of the moor north of Ivybridge. The owner, having initially phoned for a vet's advice suspecting a bite attack, then correctly called the Police for Mountain Rescue assistance. Three of our team members in a suitably equipped 4x4 vehicle, were able to swiftly respond and safely transport the pair back to Ivybridge, where the grateful owner picked up his…
Monday, 03 July 2023 15:09

A busy day for our Dog Teams

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Callout 15/2023 - East Devon 04:00 2nd July 2023 The team were called in the early hours of Sunday morning (2nd July) in relation to an ongoing search for a missing person in East Devon. Both of our team search dogs along with 2 from other local teams, their handlers and navigators, were deployed alongside Devon and Cornwall Police officers as part of the search effort for several hours on Sunday afternoon. Callout 16/2023 - East Devon 16:00 2nd July 2023 Further searches in East Devon were made by the team’s two search dogs and their handlers for several hours…
Monday, 26 June 2023 16:52

Vulnerable elderly female - Sidmouth

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Callout 14/2023 - Sidmouth 23:49 24th June 2023 At 23:49 the team were called out to assist in a multi-agency search for a vulnerable 74 year-old female in the Sidmouth area. 11 of our volunteers and 2 Mountain Rescue Search Dogs were involved in searching the high probability areas. At 04:00 the team were stood down for the night with our sister team North Dartmoor Search and Rescue being brought in to continue searching on Sunday.
Monday, 26 June 2023 16:50

Missing person - Shipley bridge

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Callout 13/2023 - Shipley Bridge 16:43 24th June 2023 Devon and Cornwall Police contacted the rescue team to ask for assistance in looking for a missing person in the Shipley bridge area of southern Dartmoor. At 16:45 the team were called out and 22 of our volunteers and 2 Mountain Rescue Search Dogs were deployed. At 18:30 the invidivual was found by the Police and the team was stood down.
Monday, 26 June 2023 16:47

Missing elderly male - Buckfastleigh

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Callout 12/2023 - Buckfastleigh 00:44 15th June 2023 Devon and Cornwall Police contacted the rescue team to ask for assistance in looking for a 68 year old male with dementia who was missing in the area of Pennywell Farm, just outside Buckfastleigh. 17 of our volunteers and 2 Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England teams were involved in the search. At around 03:30 the missing person was located and taken to Totnes Police station where he was reunited with his family. The team were stood down at 03:45. At 20:30, later the same day(Thursday 15th June), the team were contacted by…
Saturday, 13 May 2023 09:24

Missing elderly gentleman, Higher Ashton

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Callout 11/2023 - Higher Ashton 18:00 12th May 2023 The Team were alerted to search for an elderly gentleman with dementia who had left his home in Higher Ashton at lunchtime and had not returned. As the Team gathered, D&C Police collected sightings of him on a road leaving the village. Fortunately the DSRTA search dog teams were on Dartmoor for a SARDA training weekend, so we were joined by 3 other search dogs from across the country and the 5 dog teams were tasked to search likely areas along the road. As further foot teams were being formed the…
Friday, 05 May 2023 10:37

Missing vulnerable female, Harbertonford

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Callout 10/2023 - Harbertonford 12:20 29th April 2023 While on duty providing rescue cover for the annual Ten Tors event, the duty search manager was alerted by D&C Police to a missing vulnerable female near Harbertonford. Team members were diverted from their deployment on Dartmoor and were travelling to Harbertonford when Police reported that the person had been spotted and the team returned to Ten Tors duty at 12:45.
Wednesday, 29 March 2023 16:02

High risk missing person - Sidmouth

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Callout 9/2023 - Sidmouth 20:00 28th March 2023 At approximately 20:00hrs, the team were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist with the search of a high-risk missing person in a woodland area in the hills north of Sidmouth. Initially two search dog teams were deployed with our remaining volunteers held on standby. One of the dog teams then located the body of the missing person. Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the missing person.
Thursday, 23 March 2023 17:28

Missing vulnerable male - Haldon Forest

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Callout 8/2023 - Haldon Forest Park 14:20 23rd March 2023 At 1420 the rescue team were asked by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in the a search for a 15 year old with learning difficulties and other medical issues who was lost in the Haldon Forest Park south west of Exeter. The police were concerned for his welfare as he had been missing for several hours in the woods, the temperature was dropping, it was foggy and it had also been raining heavily since the morning. One of our search dogs, their handler and a navigator were deployed and…
Wednesday, 22 March 2023 09:29

Injured walker - Wrangaton

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Callout 7/2023 - Wrangaton 14:51 21st March 2023 At 14:51hrs the team were asked for assistance by the South West Ambulance Service Trust for a 49 year old lady hill walker who had a suspected broken ankle. She and her friend had been walking on the southern side of Dartmoor beneath Ugborough Beacon when she slipped and sustained her injury. Our volunteers were quickly at the scene where she was assessed, provided with pain relief and packaged for a 1 Km stretcher evacuation to the road head. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Monday, 20 March 2023 17:40

Lost mother and children

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Callout 6/2023 - Dart Valley, Newbridge 17:22 19th March 2023 Second callout in 24 hours! At 17:22hrs the team were deployed to locate and assist a mother and her two teenage children who had become lost then unable to move on the steep ground on the north side of the river Dart upstream from Newbridge. As the light was fading, the party of three were located approximately 100m above the path on a steep and difficult wooded slope. They were made safe and fortunately had no injuries. As darkness fell, a technical rope system was then built which enabled each…
Monday, 20 March 2023 17:37

Vulnerable female - Exeter

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Callout 5/2023 - Exeter 00:25 19th March 2023 At 0025hrs the rescue team were contacted by the Devon & Cornwall Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable female in woods north of Exeter. Initial areas were cleared by our search dogs and as the team was ready to deploy the individual was found safe and well by Police officers outside of our search area.
Tuesday, 28 February 2023 11:01

Collapsed runner - Hameldown

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Callout 4/2023 - Newton Abbot 11:30 26th February 2023 Assistance was requested from SW Ambulance Service (SWAST) to a runner who was reported collapsed on Hameldown, near Widecombe. While the Team were assembling, the runner was located and assisted down to the waiting ambulance by one of the Team doctors who happened to be in the area. The Team were stood down at 12:08.
Tuesday, 21 February 2023 17:34

Elderly lady missing from care home, Newton Abbot

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Callout 3/2023 - Newton Abbot 02:18 21st February 2023 An elderly lady was reported missing from her care home in Newton Abbot, but as the team were loading the vehicles to deploy, she was located by D&C Police and returned to the care home.
Monday, 13 February 2023 09:38

Vulnerable male, Newton Abbot

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Callout 2/2023 - Newton Abbot 09:15 10th February 2023 Devon & Cornwall Police contacted the team at 09:17hrs, requesting assistance to search in the Bakers Park area of Newton Abbot for a vulnerable male with concerns for their mental health. 17 team members responded and high probability areas of the woodlands were searched. For the first time in over 20 years DSRT Ashburton were able to use 2 newly trained team search dogs in the search. At 14:20hrs the missing person was located safe by police and the team stood down.
Friday, 27 January 2023 16:23

Missing teenager - Harbertonford

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Callout 1/2023 - Harbertonford 20:15 26th January 2023 Devon & Cornwall Police contacted the team at 19:47hrs, requesting assistance to search in the South Hams for a missing teenager with concerns for their mental health. 27 team members responded and whilst most were still enroute, thankfully the missing person was located safe and well by police.
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