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Callouts 2009 - 14

Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:03

Missing child search in Abbotskerswell

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Missing child search in Abbotskerswell

At 22:20 a full team callout was issued to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a missing person search around Abbotskerswell. A child had gone missing from his bedroom at around 21:15

Fortunately shortly after the call was raised the child was found safe and well and the team were stood down at 23:12.

Sunday, 03 November 2013 13:59

Fullscale search for 60 year old man in Chudleigh

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Fullscale search for 60 year old man in Chudleigh

A full team callout was issued by Devon and Cornwall Police on Sunday November 3rd to assist with a search for a missing male in his 60’s at Chudleigh. The team were on site at 09:30 and began a systematic search of the areas highlighted by the Police Lost Person Search Manager (LPSM). Alongside our volunteers, the Police helicopter was also deployed in the search.

A body was found mid morning and the subsequent Police investigation identified the body as that of the missing person Mike Vincent.

The thoughts and sympathies of the team are with the gentleman’s family and friends at this sad time.

Friday, 29 November 2013 13:58

Police concerned for missing 50 yr old male

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Police concerned for missing 50 yr old male

A full team callout was initiated at 2am this morning to assist the Devon and Cornwall Police in a search for a missing 50 year old male.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the male who is regarded as vulnerable and was last seen at around 7am on Sunday 17 November outside of the Spar shop, in Battle Road, Heathfield, Newton Abbot.

He is thought to be in the Heathfield area.

Stuart is described as white, aged 50, of medium build with short brown wavy hair. He was last seen wearing trousers and a coat with a back pack.

He has a brace on his right leg and walks with the aid of two crutches.

If anyone has seen Stuart or has any information regarding his current whereabouts then please contact the police on 101 quoting police reference 523 of 281113.

UPDATE 29/11/2013 08:10

The missing male has been located safe and well.

Railway lines searched in Exeter missing person inquiry

The team were called to the Exeter St David’s area on Wed 11th Dec, to assist the Police in locating a vulnerable missing person from the city.

The search centred around the river and rail lines for approx 2.5 hours, before being informed that she had travelled out of the area.

Friday, 03 January 2014 10:25

Race to find missing Newton Abbot teen before storm

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Race to find missing Newton Abbot teen before storm

A full team callout was initiated at 20:51 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police, as well as Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, in the search for a vulnerable teenager who had been missing in the Newton Abbot area since mid afternoon. Due to the deteriorating weather forecast, torrential rain, winds and swollen rivers, a coordinated search was put into action quickly in an effort to locate missing person before conditions deteriorated further.

A find

Around midnight, the missing person was found by one of our team members, safe and well and the search was brought to a successful close.

We would like to thank all our volunteers for turning out to search for the individual on what was a a very wet and windy night.

Major search for missing Noss Mayo teen following storm

noss mayo

On Thursday January 2nd, Noss Mayo teenager Harry Martin left his home on foot and it is thought he was going out to take photographs. He was last seen walking in the direction of the coastal path near to his home around noon and he hasn’t been reported as seen since.

Police, Coastguard, our colleagues in the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team at Plymouth and the Plymouth Lifeboat conducted extensive searches around the coast and inland in the area. The police helicopter and RNAS Culdrose helicopter were also involved in the search. On Saturday the 4th, it was reported that over 100 people from the local community also assisted in the search along side the emergency services and professional search and rescue teams.

On Sunday 5th January our volunteers were tasked to assist with this search that had been ongoing since he was reported missing.

It was a long day starting at 9am for our teams searching in difficult weather conditions. Our last team returned to the search control at just before 6pm and were been stood down for the night. Our teams were tasked by Devon and Cornwall Police to search inland areas around Noss Mayo, Bridgend and Membland where Harry’s family live. This included farmland as well as copse and woodlands that were quite difficult to penetrate in areas. Unfortunately no indication of what has happened to Harry was forthcoming during our search.

We would just like to thank the ladies of the WRVS who provided refreshments for all involved in the search throughout the day. Thank you ladies, your efforts were very much appreciated.


Police have confirmed that a body found in the sea at Noss Mayo on 11 January was that of missing teenager Harry Martin. Police, partner agencies and members of the public were involved in extensive searches of the area and the body of a man was found at Carswell Bay just after 10am on Saturday 11th.

Formal identification took place yesterday and Harry’s family has been informed.

An inquest is due to open on Monday 20th January..

Press Reports

The incident has been extensively reported by the media and links to some of the reports are included below.

BBC News:

Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:19

Sad end to missing person search in Exmouth

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Sad end to missing person search in Exmouth

A full team callout was initiated at 01:31 this morning following a request by Devon & Cornwall Police to search inland areas for a vulnerable female missing person in the Orcombe / Straight Point area of Exmouth, Devon.

Exmouth inshore lifeboat in action

 Picture credit: RNLI/Emma Tarling 

Police, Exmouth Coastguard, Exmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, the Police Helicopter and a Search and Rescue Helicopter from RMB Chivenor had already thoroughly searched the cliff tops, sea and immediate surrounding areas from Foxholes to Straight Point.

Our initial search with our colleagues from North Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team didn’t locate the individual and we were tasked to complete a low-tide shoreline search where a body was discovered at the foot of cliffs at 05:30 in a location that was totally inaccessible by any Search and Rescue asset the previous night.

Exmouth Coastguard Officers were re-tasked to assist us with the recovery.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family and Friends of the deceased at this very sad and difficult time.

Press Reports

Exmouth Journal:

Missing elderly male in Torquay gives cause for concern

A full team callout was issued this morning at 05:50 to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with a search for a vulnerable elderly male in Torquay. Shortly after the callout text was issued, the male was located by a member of the public before the team were deployed.

Thanks to all our volunteers who left their beds and attended.

Friday, 24 January 2014 10:15

Missing walker lost with no torch, map or compass.

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Missing walker lost with no torch, map or compass.

The second full team callout of the day was issued at 18:25 to search for a female walker who had gone for a walk around the Avon Dam Reservoir on the south moor earlier in the day and become lost.

Our mobile Control Vehicle and team members rendezvoused at Cross Furzes on the Abbots Way and were briefed on the search and individual teams sent out to comb areas where the missing walker was thought likely to be.

A quick find and safe evacuation was made possible by one of our senior team members who having spoken to the casualty on the phone. identified her most likely position thereby allowing the control team to deploy assets to the appropriate area. Our volunteers found the missing lady safe and well at the Heap of Sinners cairn on Huntingdon Warren.

Apart from being a little cold and wet, she was otherwise unharmed by the experience and was walked to our Land Rover and driven off the moor. The lady was extremely grateful for our assistance having gone out on a stroll without a map, compass or torch.

Thanks to all our volunteers who attended and brought the incident to a successful close.

Thanks to our colleagues at Plymouth and a search dog who were put on standby for the callout but were fortunately not required.

Be Adventure Smart!

Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:13

Callout to investigate Parachute flares

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Callout to investigate Parachute flares

Shortly after 8:30 this morning the team was notified of flares having been seen in the Kestor / Gidleigh Park area of North East Dartmoor National Park. The team was called out along with our colleagues from North Dartmoor SRT to investigate.

On arrival, the source of the flares became very apparent. The Royal Marines were out on training. Team then stood down and back to our day jobs.

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