News & Incidents

Call outs

The team responds to about 30 incidents a year. A simple evacuation from the moors or woodland might only take a couple of hours, however a missing person search can be anywhere from 1 hour to several days and nights, with each operational period normally lasting up to 8 hours.

In the event of a call out, our team Incident Controllers are contacted by the police, fire or ambulance services, and if we are required to respond, a text message is sent to all of the team. A large number of the call outs are “non mountain rescue” – searching for vulnerable missing people in rural locations.

We regularly work with our neighbouring teams from West Cornwall, Dartmoor and Exmoor, as well as specialist resources from the Mountain Rescue Search Dogs – England.

23 Jul

We were called out in the late morning by Devon & Cornwall Police to assist South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust with the rescue of two casualties in Pencarrow Woods near Bodmin. It had been reported that a male and female had fallen 6-7 metres off a small cliff and that a technical rescue would be required.

Thankfully on arrival it was established that wasn't quite the case although they had taken a bad fall. The lady was carried a short distance to the ambulance with help from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the gentleman was able to walk back. We wish them both a speedy recovery.

20 & 21 Jul

For two days we provided extra support for an ongoing search across West Cornwall for a missing lady. Despite the combined best efforts of Devon & Cornwall Police, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Plymouth, West Cornwall Search & Rescue Team, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the enquiries to locate her continue.

19 Jun

At 10.15am this morning we were called out by via Devon & Cornwall Police to assist South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust with an injured walker in woodland at Valley Truckle, Camelford. On our arrival Cornwall Air Ambulance had already stabilised the casualty who had suffered an ankle injury. Team members then used a wheeled SAR stretcher to carry him through the steep woodland to a land ambulance which took him onwards to hospital. We wish him a very speedy recovery.

20 May

Mid-evening the team were called to assist South Western Ambulance Service on Bodmin Moor to aid a walker who had suffered a significant upper arm injury. Working with the ambulance crew the team secured the casualty and recovered them off the moor to the waiting ambulance.

We wish the walker a full and speedy recovery

19 May

In the early hours of this morning the team deployed to assist Devon & Cornwall Police in the search for a missing person in the east of the county. As team members arrived on the scene, the missing person was located by a National Police Air Service helicopter, a great result.

7 may

At 2am this morning the team were called to assist Devon & Cornwall in locating a walker lost in the area of Brown Willy in Bodmin Moor. By communicating with the lost walkers phone, the team were able to obtain a grid reference. Following COVID protection protocols the team deployed with a dog team and single vehicle. At just after 4am the walker was found at the given location, checked over and then transported back to his vehicle.

11 apr

East Cornwall. At the request of the police, the team carried out a technical body recovery with difficult access.

7 mar

The team were called out for another missing person search in the Liskeard area (not the same one as the overnight incident!). Thankfully they were located through police enquiries and the team was not required.

6 mar

Late evening the team were called out to assist D&C police in the search for a high risk missing person with dementia in Liskeard. The team deployed with foot teams and a 4x4 and conducted searches into the early hours. We are happy to report that a sharp eyed member of the public spotted the misper and he was returned to a safe place.


Todays call-out saw the team deploy to the area of Cheesewring Quarry on Bodmin Moor to assist a walker who suffered a lower leg injury. The team were able to secure the casualty and carry out a stretcher lower to the team 4x4 before transporting him to the waiting ambulance. Another great example of inter agency working with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust whose medics joined us on the hill. We wish the casualty a swift recovery.

20 FEB

A quick redeployment from one part of Bodmin Moor to another as the team were deployed to assist devon and cornwall police in the search for a high risk missing person. At approximately 6.30pm as the team were setting up for a technical rescue training evening at the Cheesewring Quarry the call came and members relocated to the eastern edge of the Moor and swung into full search mode. After extensive searching the team were stood down just before midnight.

14 feb

Our team incident controllers were asked to assist Silver search and rescue coordination cell in relation to severe weather associated with Storm Dennis. Our water team was on stand by throughout the period until the final stand down on 16th Feb.

10 Jan

At 0950 hrs we had a call out from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust via Devon & Cornwall Police to assist an injured walker. Just as our first team members had arrived at the RV point and our Land Rover was nearing the scene from our new base in Bodmin, we were stood down as thankfully Cornwall Air Ambulance had managed to land close to the casualty. We don't mind getting stood down en route as long as the casualty gets the help they need, and sending two Cornish charities in to help from the sky and the ground always makes sure that one of us will reach them! The air ambulance then took the casualty to hospital. Check out their Facebook page for details of their new Heli Appeal.

5 jan

Bude: Continuation of inland searches from New Years Eve for a missing 23 year old local male. Sadly a body was later found at Widemouth Bay on 10th January.

1 jan

As the team were packing away from the rescue cover on Bodmin Moor, we were called out by Devon and Cornwall Police to search for a high risk missing male on the outskirts of Liskeard. He was located by police units as the team was starting to deploy.

1 Jan

A Happy New Year to all our followers from the top of Brown Willy, Bodmin Moor as Team Members provide cover for the annual New Years Day run organised by truro running club good luck to everyone taking part.

31 DEc

We have been assisting Devon & Cornwall Police in the search for a missing person in the Bude area.