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Callouts 2019

A major incident declared Earlier today a major incident was declared by the emergency services following a Stagecoach double-decker bus coming off the road between Paignton and Totnes and landing on its side. It was reported that the bus was carrying around 20 passengers. Picture courtesy of Devonlive Team members were mobilised to assist with the establishment of a radio network to ease the receipt of casualties at Torbay Hospital. Hospitals around the region received casualties from the crash transported via 4 air ambulances and multiple ambulances. Fortunately, no fatalities have been initially reported but a few of the passengers…
Sunday, 29 September 2019 13:20

Dartmoor campers rescued in 'extreme' weather

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Dartmoor campers rescued in 'extreme' weather Callout 23/2019 - Bellever, 03:05 29th September 2019 Two people and a dog on a camping trip had to be rescued after becoming bogged down in "extremely poor" weather. The pair, in their late 20s, did not know where they were within Dartmoor National Park when they rang for help just after 02:00 BST. They were found at 06:30 on moorland near Laughter Hole, suffering from slight hypothermia by a foot team from Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton. Poor mobile network signal had made it difficult to pinpoint their exact location using a system…
Thursday, 08 August 2019 17:32

Families caught out by sudden Dartmoor mist

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Families caught out by sudden Dartmoor mist Callout 22/2019 - Houndtor, 14:40 8th August 2019 Houndtor is a very popular destination for visitors to Dartmoor National Park and for good reason. It's a short distance from the road, is one of the moors more spectacular tors, has spectacular views across to Haytor and is home to the Houndtor Medieval Village which is well worth a visit by itself. Houndtor Medieval Village. Photo credit: Al Pewsey However the attraction of the area can cause problems for those unfamiliar with the terrain especially when the weather draws in. On Thursday afternoon visitors…
Callout 21/2019 - Starcross, 26th July 2019 The team doesn't just cover rescues on Dartmoor, but also assists Devon and Cornwall Police with missing person inquiries across the force area. A prime example being when the team were called out at 21:27 on Friday 26th July to assist the Police with a search for a male in the Starcross area who had been missing for over 24 hours. Multiple agencies were involved with our team volunteers working alongside 2 Mountain Rescue search dogs, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue USAR, North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team and the Police helicopter.Just…
Sad outcome to search for elderly man outside Exeter Callout 16, 17, 18 and 20 /2019 - Hannaford Farm, Kennford, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th June 2019 A large scale search involving multiple agencies and resources during the hottest week of the year was launched to look for a 75 year old male who had gone missing from his isolated home on the edge of Haldon forest sometime between 9pm on the 26th June and 08:00am on the 27th. We, along with our colleagues at N Dartmoor SaR and MR Search Dog Association, assisted the Police and other full-time emergency…
Monday, 08 July 2019 07:38

Torquay search finds body

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Callout 15/2019 - Seale Hayne area, Newton Abbott, 11:22 22nd May 2019 The team were called to assist with a search for a 'high risk working age male' near Seale Hayne just outside Newton Abbot. Fortunately, as team members were arriving at the RV, the male was found alive, safe and well and we were stood down shortly afterwards. Callout 14/2019 - Watcombe Beach, Torquay, 08:49 22nd May 2019 The team were called out by Devon and Cornwall Police to assist in an on-going search for a missing male in the Watcombe area. This multi-agency search involved the National Police…
Friday, 26 April 2019 12:00

Happy end to overnight Newton Abbot search

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Callout 12/2019 - Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot, 02:20 26th April 2019 The team has been searching throughout the night for a vulnerable lady reported missing giving concern for her welfare in Newton Abbot. Park and woodland around Decoy Country Park was searched by our volunteers alongside Police Officers, Police search dog handlers and the Police helicopter. Our volunteers were stood down shortly after 6am following a report that the lady had attended a local hospital. We hope she gets the care she needs. Now it's time for a quick kip before heading off to work. Press report: https://www.devonlive.com/news/local-news/police-helicopter-dogs-rescue-teams-2798791
Callout 11/2019 - Ryders Hill, 13:54 24th April 2019 Fire crews and volunteers are tackling 12 separate blazes across seven miles of south Dartmoor. Photo credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. Press articles BBC News article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-48022190 7 team members were called to act as drivers and navigators for fire service personnel when another blaze was reported on Ryder’s Hill. After being stood to for several hours it became apparent that the newly reported blaze must have been a misreported sighting of the earlier fire. Team members and vehicles now heading for home.
Callout 10/2019 - Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead 10:15 28th March 2019 A vulnerable male known to have attempted to take his own life in the past was reported missing on the 27th. His car was located parked on Mardon Down between Moretonhampstead and Clifford Bridge and a potential sighting of the individual around 2pm yesterday was enough for a request for search assistance to be issued by Devon and Cornwall Police. Our sister Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team at Okehampton searched the area overnight and were stood down in the early hours. During the morning the Police requested our assistance to…
Callout 09/2019 - Primley Woods, Paignton 17:08 26th March 2019 Dartmoor Rescue was called to assist in a search for a suicidal male in the Primley Woods area of Paignton. Shortly after the arrival at the RV the male was located outside our intended search area Callout 08/2019 - Harefoot Cross, Holwell Down 14:17 24th March 2019 The team were called at 1417 on Sunday 24th March to assist a woman reporting that she was stuck in a bog in the Haytor area. A team deployed from our Templer Way Challenge fundraising event that was taking place at the time,…
Sunday, 24 February 2019 10:52

Dartmoor camper sustains a head injury.

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Callout 05/2019 - Harford Moorgate, Dartmoor National Park, 01:27 24th February 2019 Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton callout volunteers had an early start this morning with a callout at 01:27 to locate and evacuate a camper with a head injury from Piles Copse in the South-west of Dartmoor National Park.. A small group of campers spending the evening at Piles Copse had some unplanned excitement when one of the group sustained a head injury. in response to the group calling the ambulance service to report the incident, a team of paramedics, Police officers and Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton volunteers were dispatched…
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:15

Stood down on route to Penn Inn Newton Abbot

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Callout 04/2019 - Penn Inn, Newton Abbot 20:44 12th February 2019 Tuesday evening and the team were called to assist in the search for a middle aged male missing in the Penn Inn area of Newton Abbot. Fortunately as our volunteers, including our water rescue sepcialists, were on their way to the RV to begin the search, the missing person was located and the team were stood down. Callout 06/2019 - Westpoint, Exeter 00:33 1st March 2019 The team were called at 0033 to assist in the search for a missing 27 year old terminally ill male who had become…
Friday, 01 February 2019 10:47

Snow causes major disruption outside Exeter

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Snow causes major disruption outside Exeter Callout 03/2019 - Haldon Hill, various locations 14:19 31st January 2019 Dartmoor rescuers based at Ashburton are not just involved with finding lost walkers in Dartmoor National Park or missing dementia sufferers across Devon. As part of our role in the multi-agency response to snow events on Haldon and Telegraph Hills just outside Exeter, the team also responds in preparation for expected snow events. Bad weather (snow) was expected to hit Haldon Hill between 15:00 and 18:00 on the 31st January. Dartmoor Rescue search managers were involved with various briefings with the emergency services…
Wednesday, 02 January 2019 11:43

Dartmoor rescuers have a busy start to the new year

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Dartmoor rescuers have a busy start to the new year Callout 01/2019 - Holwell Tor 17:31 1st January 2019 First callout of the New Year for Dartmoor Rescuers based at Ashburton this evening. The team was mobilised following reports of 2 individuals stuck on Holwell Tor Dartmoor National Park unable to descend. Our volunteers were sent to assist. In the meantime the individuals managed to get themselves down but became disorientated in the dark and mist trying to get back to the Houndtor car park. We located and picked them up on the granite railway and following a quick check-up…
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