News & Incidents
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.
Late this afternoon the team received a request for assistance from SWAST in evacuating a young male who had fallen off his mountain bike and hit his head on the edge of Bodmin Moor near Minions.
Team members used our scoop stretcher and packaged him in a vacuum mattress on our Alpine Stretcher. While the team was carrying him to the awaiting ambulance, a member of the public informed us that a second male had fallen off his mountain bike nearby. Whilst the first evacuation was being carried out, team members made their way to the second casualty. fortunately the second male was able to walk to the ambulance and both casualties were taken to hospital for further treatment.
At around 1130 hours we were called to search for a missing man and his dog on Bodmin Moor. They had set off earlier in the morning but had got disoriented in thick fog and rain and had dialled 999 to ask for help.
There was some initial confusion with the grid reference that had been provided, however working with local knowledge from the description given we started searching from Roughtor and near Louden hill working south over Harpur's downs and towards King Arthur's Hall. We were unable to contact him again as his phone battery had died but his vehicle was found near Stannon China Clay works.
After hours of searching we received an update that he had managed to make his way off the moor and was safe and well.
Overnight East Cornwall team along with other mountain rescue teams in the region assisted Devon & Cornwall Police by providing 4x4s and medical assistance during snow fall on the arterial routes over the higher moors. In previous years we've had drivers stuck in their vehicles for hours in the snow, so this time we had two crewed team vehicles on standby all night.
Despite dome snowfall on the moors in the early hours, the night passed without too many incidents and we stood down at 0530hrs. We used the time to have a bit of a coffee fuelled base tidying session.
Team members had be sharpening up on their rope skills in Cheesewring Quarry practicing stretcher work over steep ground. this was interrupted at around 2pm when we had a request from the ambulance service to rescue a 13 year old lad with an ankle injury on steep ground to the north of Cardinham Woods.
Fortunately we were stood down quickly after the ambulance crew found they could get him back to the ambulance without the need of help from the team.