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Monday, 19 March 2018 19:31

The return of the 'Beast of the East'

The return of the 'Beast of the East'

Callouts 11 and 12 of 2018.

CALLOUT 11 / 2018 - 08:00 18th March 2018

Our Landrover ambulance DART62 on the B3192 to Teignmouth

Following our deployment 2 weeks ago as part of the Haldon Hill emergency snow plan, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton volunteers were again deployed as part of the emergency response to a second snowstorm to hit the county.

Our volunteers were deployed at Haldon Hill and also our Rescue Centre at Ashburton to cover various pinch points on the Devon Expressway (A38) corridor. 

Our task is primarily about welfare checks on cars but, inevitably, we do also get involved with trying to help keep the roads clear that have been blocked by stranded vehicles.

The A38 over Haldon Hill was kept open very successfully bar a few minor short-term closures. The A380 at Telegraph Hill to Torquay was sacrificed early on so as all efforts could be focused on the A38. Reports of Road Traffic Collisions (RTC's) were frequently being received by the Police including a reported 20 car pile up at Ideford Dip on the A380. Although that report proved to be inaccurate.

One area of problems that our volunteers were called to assist with was the B3192 from Ashcombe Cross on the A380 to Teignmouth. The road had not been cleared by snow ploughs and 2 wheel drive vehicles attempting to climb the hill were getting stuck and blocking the road preventing emergency access. We managed to clear the route along with some help from volunteer 4x4 drivers and returned back to our Haldon Hill base at the Haldon Forest Diner around 5pm when we were stood down for the evening pending further problems.

Team member Stuart checking a stranded vehicle on the B3192 between Teignmouth and Ashcombe Cross

Team search manager Dave Close said "Our volunteers have once again been out and about checking on motorists and their passengers as part of our role to assist with maintaining the Devon Expressway during severe weather events. We'd like to thank them for their professionalism and committing their time to helping the community.  We'd also like to thank the Haldon Forest Diner" for once again looking after our volunteers in between deployments. It really is very much appreciated."

CALLOUT 12 / 2018 - 18:25 19th March 2018

At 18:25 on the 19th March, the team were called out by Devon and Cornwall Police to assist in the search for a missing 10-year-old girl at Christow in the Teign Valley.

As our volunteers were making their way to the Rendevouz in Christow, there was some good news as the girl was found and the team stood down.

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