DSRT Tavistock - 2006 Callouts
04 Jan 06: Team members along with 1 Search Dog Team were called to search for a 47 year old female missing from home in Chagford Devon. The Team was stood down after a total of 12 hours searching when money was withdrawn from a ATM in Exeter.
12 Mar 06: One DSRT (TAVISTOCK) Search Dog Team was called at 0800hrs to assist Exmoor Search and Rescue Team to search rural area around Taunton for a missing 80 year old male Althzimers who was also desponent and has been missing before. He was found wandering the roads 5 miles from home. The search ended at 1230hrs.
19 Mar 06: Two DSRT (TAVISTOCK) Search Dog Teams were called at 0900hrs to assist Cornwall Search and Rescue Team and HM Coastguard to search sand dunes at Perranporth near point last seen, for a 51 year old male missing since 1100hrs the previous day whilst taking his dog for a walk. He was found safe and well by the police. The search ended at 1230hrs.
21 Mar 06: One DSRT (TAVISTOCK) Search Dog Team along with two Team personnel were called to assist Exmoor SRT to search woodland around Wislandpound Reservoir, for a 73 year old despondent male missing since 19th. The Search Dog Team found a handkerchief (later confirmed to belong to the misper) on a track leading to the reservoir, then the Dog indicated at the waters edge. Exmoor SRT’s Search Dog later indicated at the same point. A Police underwater team recovered the missing person.
03 April 06: One DSRT (TAVISTOCK) Search Dog Team was called at 2145hrs to assist DSRT (ASHBURTON) to search for a missing despondent male with suicidal tendencies who had parked his car and gone for a walk. He was located by Ashburton SRT near to his parked car in a cold condition, and taken to hospital by ambulance.
13 May 06: The Team along with 2 of its Search Dogs were tasked to search for a group of 11-15yr olds on the Ten Tors walk who had failed to turn up at a check point. The Search Dogs were tasked to search Standon Hill. The group was found well but tired on Lynch Tor by Members of the Hasty team.
24 June 06: Two DSRT (TAVISTOCK) Search Dog Teams were called by Exmoor Search & Rescue Team to assist in the search for a missing vulnerable 18 year old male. The search dogs were stood down 85 miles into their journey to the search when the missing person was found safe and well by Police in a supermarket 10 miles from home.
27 June 06: The Team was called out at 0300hrs by Cornwall SRT to assist in a search for a 51 year old male suffering from Alzheimer’s, reported missing after he climbed out the bedroom window of his residential home. The search was stood down at 2200hrs with nothing found. Also involved were four Police dogs, Police Helicopter, Police underwater search team and members of DSRT’s Okehampton and Plymouth.
22 Aug 06: Two of our Search Dog Teams were called by Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team (PLYMOUTH) to assist in the search for a 42 year old male reported missing overnight on Sunday. Was last seen by an off duty policeman walking on Dartmoor. The search was stood down after 5 hours when the man withdrew money from ATM machine.
06 Sept 06: The Team were called at 2000hrs to search for a walker who had telephoned Police and said they were lost. Walker later turned up at search rendezvous point.
21 Sept 06: Two of our Search Dog Teams were called to assist Dartmoor Search And Rescue (PLYMOUTH) to search woodland for a 52 year old despondent male, stood down at 2100hrs when search of woodland completed nothing found.
23 Sept 06: Two of Our Search Dog Teams were called at 1200hrs to assist Cornwall Search And Rescue to search for a despondent male missing from home, stood down at 1300hrs when Police located him in the local pub.
04 Oct 06: Two DSRT (TAVISTOCK) Search Dog Teams were called to assist Dartmoor Search And Rescue Team (ASHBURTON) to search for a 88 year old male who had rung Police saying that he had been chased by a bull and was now lost. The man was found as the dogs were on route.
11 Oct 06: Two DSRT (TAVISTOCK) Search Dog Teams werecalled at 2000hrs to assist Exmoor Search And Rescue to search Axminster Hospital grounds and local farm land for a 78 year old male Alzheimer’s patient who had gone missing from a ward, stood down before deployment at 2100hrs when nursing staff located him in hospital grounds.
16 Oct 06: Two DSRT (TAVISTOCK) Search Dog Teams along with two team members were called at 2245hrs to assist Dartmoor Search And Rescue Team (PLYMOUTH), to search for a 38 year old male who had telephoned his wife earlier in the day to say he was going to commit suicide. Police searched during the day and called DSRT late in the evening. The Dogs searched a Golf course and farmland. The person was located by police the following day in a local shop. This callout marked the start of Search Dog Cavos being an operational search dog.
18 Oct 06: The Team were called at 1200hrs to assist Dartmoor Search And Rescue Team (PLYMOUTH) to search for a 74 year old depressed male missing from home. The Team along with its 3 Search Dogs were tasked to search Sheep’s Tor and adjacent moorland / woodland as it was suspected that he may have gone there. Stood down when search completed without a find. (The body of a deceased male was located later by a walker approx 8k outside the search areas)
28 Oct 06:The Team was called at 1845hrs to assist Dartmoor Search And Rescue (OKEHAMPTON) in the search for a 9 year old boy missing from home. Concern was high as he needs regular insulin and had none with him. Three dog teams along with Foot teams and Hasty’s were tasked to search an old overgrown railway line, woodland and farmland. Stood down at 2100hrs when he was found OK by a member of the public.
29 Oct 06: 3 of our Search Dog Teamswere called at 1200hrs to assist Dartmoor Search And Rescue (ASHBURTON) to search for a 41 year old despondent male missing from home. Found by Police in village. Dog teams stood down en route.
31 Oct 06: All 3 of DSRT (TAVISTOCK) Search Dog Teams were called at 1615hrs to assist DSRT (PLYMOUTH) to search for a missing 40 year old potential suicidal male missing from home, he had not had his medication. Teams tasked to search urban area of dense undergrowth and thicket that had previously been searched by police dogs. Stood down at 1800hrs without any finds. Police to search other areas next day. (Update : the missing person was found deceased the following day by a M.o.D. Police boat)
05 Nov 06: One of our Search Dog Teams were deployed to assist DSRT (Ashburton) to search for a missing 70 year old reporter overdue from coastal path walk, whilst on holiday in area. The Search Dog Team tasked to search coastal path. Stood down at 0430hrs without a find.
06 Nov 06: All 3 of our Search Dog Teams were called to assist with the continuation of the search for the missing 70 year old (See 5th November). Stood down en route when body located by MCA Helicopter.
14 Nov 06: Two of our Search Dog Teams were called at 1500hrs to assist with the search for a missing 52 year old despondent female missing from home in the Budleigh Salterton area. Teams tasked with searching woodland, fields and coastal path near where her car was found. Search terminated at 2330hrs with out a find. Also involved in this search were Coastguard teams, RNLI, Coastguard Helicopter, DSRT (ASHBURTON) and Devon Fire and Rescue Service.
15 Nov 06: Two of our Search Dog Teams were called at 0730hrs to assist with the continuation of search from previous day. Members of DSRT’s (PLYMOUTH) and OKEHAMPTON were assisting in the search. The Dog Teams were tasked with searching river bank, fields and beach near where her car was found. Search terminated at 1530hrs without a find. (The remains of a body were washed up 40k further up the coast.)
23 Nov 06: All 3 of our Search Dog Teams along with 2 Team personnel acting as Navigators were called to assist Dartmoor SRT (ASHBURTON) to Kingsbridge, Devon with a search for a despondent female missing from home. Dog teams were stood down on route when the missing person was located by Police
26 Nov 06: All 3 of our Search Dog Teams along with 2 team members were called to assist Cornwall SRT with search of farmland. for a 94 year missing person suffering from Alzheimer’s, and who had been reported missing over night. During the search he was spotted by helicopter at the foot of a 70″ cliff, which he had fallen down. Rescued by members of Cornwall SRT, remarkably he was just bruised and hypothermic
29 Dec 06: The Team were called out at 1630hrs and tasked with a search for a two persons lost on Dartmoor in the Princetown area. They had telephoned Police to say they were lost and due to the severe weather and rising river levels there was cause or there concern.. They had a tent and sleeping bags. The search was stood down at 0100hrs due to very bad weather conditions with the intention of restarting at first light. We were assisted in this search by colleagues from DSRT’s ASHBURTON and PLYMOUTH. The next morning they were spotted by a Navy rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose and taken to hospital for check ups. Details of the incident are at
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