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Callouts 2009 - 14

Thursday, 03 January 2013 16:48

Man threatens suicide as he leaves Parke estate

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Man threatens suicide as he leaves Parke estate

Dartmoor Rescue volunteers were called to the Parke estate near Bovey Tracey following reports that a male had threatened suicide before leaving the National Park office.

The search involved our volunteers as well as the Police and a Seaking helicopter from RAF Chivenor with specialist heat sensitive camera equipment. After 7 hours of searching the River Bovey, fields and woodland, the team was stood down around 22:20. Although the gentleman’s van was located, no further sightings of the man had been reported.

UPDATE 7th January 2013: The man has returned home safe and well.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:47

Sledging injury in sub zero temperatures

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Sledging injury in sub zero temperatures

The team were called to assist South West Ambulance Trust with a lower leg sledging injury at Yartor Down near Dartmeet at 6:30pm on the evening of the 23rd January.
The team arrived through some very snowy country to assist with a young 18-year-old female sledger from Paignton with a suspected fractured leg. It had been snowing on and off during the day and when our volunteers arrived the moor was covered in a thick carpet of snow with more falling and dense hill fog.

Once the casualty’s location was ascertained she was attended to by team doctor, nurse and the ambulance paramedic. She was very cold and a little hypothermic so her injury was stabilised before she was transferred on to our stretcher and transported back to the waiting ambulance.

A successful result . The casualty has contacted us since the accident to confirm she has broken her ankle and it’s a little sore. We wish her well and hope she is back on her feet again soon.

The incident was reported on by the BBC. Their report is at the following link.

BBC Spotlight video

Friday, 08 February 2013 16:45

Search for missing 47 year old male in Torquay

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Search for missing 47-year-old male in Torquay

The team were called out this afternoon to search woodlands in Torquay for a missing 47-year-old. Fortunately, the Individual was located quickly and the team stood down before being deployed.

Sunday, 17 February 2013 16:42

Three overdue kayakers in the Dart Gorge

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Three overdue kayakers in the Dart Valley

The team were called by The Police at 8:15 pm on the evening of Saturday 16th February as they were concerned about the welfare of 3 overdue kayakers on the upper Dart Valley.

Just before nightfall they had been passed by other kayakers who reported them as having difficulties around Euthanasia Falls. On arrival the Police monitored the usual exit points of the gorge for signs of the 3 but when they didn’t appear, we were called to search the upper Dart and the gorge.


Our teams compromising of our Level 2 and 3 Specialist Swift Water Technicians and the South West Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) swept the gorge from Newbridge up to Hockinston Marsh but no signs of the kayakers or their equipment was spotted and the team were stood down around Midnight.

UPDATE Monday 18th February 2013:

Since the callout we have been contacted by a member of the public who believes that their group was the one in question. Three of their party decided to walk out at about 4.30 pm when a few hundred metres below Euthanasia falls. They were well equipped with map, bothy bag, torches, mobile phone etc. The other members of the party finished at Newbridge and drove up to meet them on the track near Venford Reservoir and take them back to lodgings. A group of paddlers did see them but they were given the thumbs up.

We appreciate the contact we have had from the paddling community and are very pleased that all were safe and well. We would rather be called out and not be needed than not be called which often leads to tragedy.

For those of you visiting the Paddlers Party at the River Dart Country Park on March 2nd, do come and say hi as we will have some of our Swift Water specialists at the event.


Happy paddling!

The team received a callout request from the Police at 23:30 on Wednesday 20th February.

A 15 year old with learning difficulties had gone missing in the Dartington area near Totnes.

Fortunately the Police located the teenager safe and well before our team of volunteers was deployed.

Extended search for missing person from Launceston farm

In the early hours of the 13th March, a 50 year old female went missing from her home in the Tregeare area near Launceston in Cornwall. Our colleagues at Cornwall Search and Rescue Team were asked to assist the Police in the search but were unable to locate her.

North Dartmoor and Tavistock Search and Rescue teams were deployed in the afternoon to help with the search that carried on into the evening. As temperatures dropped to around freezing Plymouth Search and Rescue and ourselves were asked to continue the search overnight until around 6am. On Thursday the 15th, Exmoor Search and Rescue Team were also deployed with the search being supported throughout by SARDA search and rescue dogs. This is one of the largest regional responses to a search in recent years.

A representative from our team said “All the members of all the mountain rescue teams involved, including the SARDA search dogs, are unpaid volunteers relying almost entirely on the generosity of the public for donations and fundraising to maintain and keep serviceable our specialist equipment and vehicles. We are all working hard along with the local community and the Police for a safe and positive outcome”


Great news as search comes to a safe conclusion.

Sunday, 17 March 2013 16:36

Family walkers lost in Bovey Valley Woods

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Family walkers lost in Bovey Valley Woods

A team member who lived locally to the Bovey Valley, was tasked by our Team Leader to assist the Police with locating a family who had called for help after losing their way in the Bovey Valley Woods area between Bovey Tracey and Lustleigh Cleave.

One member of their party, an 8 year old, was reported as cold, having fallen in the water, however they advised us that they were able to deal with this themselves and were able to walk.

The Team Leader was involved in conversations between Police control room, a member of the missing party and the Police helicopter, in order to establish their location and direct them to a place of safety. Meanwhile one Hill Party Leader was dispatched to attempt to locate the vehicle belonging to the party in order to establish where they had started their walk.


The party were soon located by the helicopter. As they were not far from a road, a member of the helicopter crew was landed to walk them out, where they were met by the DSRT Ashburton Hill Party Leader. One member of the party required treatment for an ankle injury and so was taken to rendezvous with an ambulance. The remainder of the party were assisted in returning to their vehicles.

The young girl got a clean bill of health off the paramedic.

All ended happily.

The team were called early on Easter Monday to search for a missing male despondent in Torquay.

The team was tasked alongside our Coastguard search and rescue colleagues to cover a significant search area in the Watcombe area of Torquay. The search area included heathland popular with dogwalkers as well as a golf course and difficult terrain including cliffs and dense bramble scrub. The team searched for 8hrs throughout Easter Monday and were eventually stood down around 17:00 and handed over to a combined force of our Dartmoor Rescue colleagues at Plymouth & Okehampton to cover the last few remaining areas.

We were informed late on the 1st April that the misper presented to Torbay Hospital Accident & Emergency department at around 22:30.

A large team effort of multiple voluntary and full-time emergency service organisations worked along side each other throughout the search, including the Devon and Cornwall Police helicopter.

About the team

We are a voluntary organisation providing a search and rescue expertise to Devon and Cornwall Police 24 x 365. We are funded entirely by public donation receiving no central government funding at all. This year we need over £15,000 of donations to continue to operate. You can help by donating via the following link or by sending a text message to 70070 with the message DART02 £5 (You can donate more or less by changing the £5 in the message to £1, £3 or £10)

Friday, 12 April 2013 16:32

Search for missing 86 year old male

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Search for 86 year old male

The team were called out at 15:45 on Friday 12th April to search for a missing 86 year old male.

Saturday, 20 April 2013 16:30

Teenager on Ten Tors Training sustains ankle injury

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Teenager on Ten Tors Training sustains ankle injury

We were called at 1900 today to assist a Ten Tors team in the Redlake area in Dartmoor National Park, in which one member had sustained an ankle injury. The casualty was being looked after by the party leaders near to Crossways, which despite being several kilometres from a road is accessible by Landrover via the disused Red Lake tramway.

This was a limited callout, involving 3 members. The casualty and 2 party leaders were evacuated to their vehicles and we returned to the Rescue Centre by 2300.

UPDATE: – The party leader commented on the experience

Thank you very much for your assistance yesterday evening on getting one of my team off the moor from the marker stone at SX 647 659,.

Your regular updates of where your members were to my two leaders was much appreciated. The injured team member was still unable to put weight on it the morning after the event and it has been confirmed by A and E as a damaged ligament….he is still hoping to do the event in 3 weeks time…..hopefully you won’t be needed again then!

Your helpfulness in getting the leaders back to their vehicles was also very much appreciated.

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