2019

Incident (1) 17th January. At 13.14 the Police called, asking us to assist a 90 year old male walker who was stranded on the open moor between Bellever Tor and Laughter Tor. He had been part of a large group of walkers but had become exhausted and unable to continue. We located him by a wall near the forest margin and following assessment and provision of a hot drink he was transported by LandRover back to our RV at Dunnabridge. The Police drove him and his companion back to their transport near Postbridge.

(2) 26th January. We were called by the Police at 14.07 to assist with an incident between Devil’s Tor and Rough Tor. One of a group of eight 14 / 15 year old girls training for Ten Tors was injured and could not proceed further. Members were deployed in heavy rain and low cloud to locate the group who were staying with the casualty, and were in group shelters. They were located near the head of a valley 500m SW of Rough Tor and the casualty was assessed. Another group of Ten Tors trainees were now also present at that location. The low cloud cleared at this point and a Devon Air Ambulance Helicopter was able to land. Team members assisted in loading the casualty aboard the helicopter, which then transferred her to a SWASFT ambulance at Holming Beam for transport to Derriford Hospital. Team members escorted the rest of the group back to their minibuses at Holming Beam to ensure all were safely off the Moor.

(3) 31st January. Our colleagues in North Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team called us at 19.41 to assist them with incidents resulting from the sudden, heavy snowfall. They were already responding to stranded cars in North Devon when tasked to assist with multiple vehicles stuck on the A30 from Sourton to Whiddon Down. We sent a Team LandRover with a crew of two, including a qualified CasCarer, to complement them in welfare checks on the stranded motorists. Members were stood down just after midnight.

(4) 9th February. The Police called us at 21.00 to request us to search on the moor following a report by a member of the public that flares had been seen over Willsworthy Range and that the Army stated that they were not using the range. A car was located parked at an entrance to the range and it was confirmed that two males had left for a trip into the Moor. Search parties were deployed in heavy rain and poor visibility and the two men were located camping at the head of Tavy Cleave. They reassured us that they needed no assistance and had not launched any flares. Members left the Moor at around 01.00.

(5) 14th February. Our assistance was requested by the Police at 19.24 , to assist in the search for a very high risk despondent who had abandoned her car just off the A386 on Roborough Down. A joint search with our colleagues from DSRT Plymouth was initiated. A National Police Air Service helicopter located the subject, and with the assistance of a farmer’s quad vehicle she was transported to a waiting Ambulance.

(6) 18th February. The Police called us at 17.09 in response to a call from the Ambulance Service, requesting our assistance with an incident near Bellever Tor. A 68yr old female had sustained a fractured leg. The Team were deployed, but en route we were stood down as a Devon Air Ambulance helicopter had been able to get to the casualty.

(7) 27th February. At 12.43 the Police requested our assistance in a search for a high risk despondent. The 62yr old male had been missing since the previous day and his car had been located at Higher Cherrybrook Car Park, at the edge of Bellever Forest. During an extensive operation areas of dense woodland were searched by our members and Police officers whilst a National Police Air Service helicopter carried out an aerial search of woodland clearings and open moorland. A Police search dog team continued searching the woodland when other assets were stood down as daylight faded.

(8) 28th February. The Police called the Team at 13.25 to resume the search carried out yesterday for a 62 year old male despondent. Following the confirmation that an item located by us yesterday was owned by the missing subject a more focussed search was begun extending beyond the previous search areas. The subject was located at 16.30 and warmed and given hot drinks whilst awaiting arrival of an Ambulance.