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.
Devon and Cornwall Police requested assistance from the team to help search for an elderly lady who had gone missing earlier in the day.
Suffering from Alzheimers, she had wandered off from a location in Quethiock, Liskeard and there were increasing concerns for her safety.
As the first foot team was being deployed from the control vehicle the lady was spotted by a passing motorist and quickly returned to her family safe and well.
At 18.24 the team was contacted by Devon and Cornwall Police to assist in the search for a high risk missing person in the Dunmere area of Bodmin.
As over a dozen team members and two vehicles were mobilising to site we were informed that the missing person had been located by police officers. Once satisfied that we were no longer required either for either medical support or casualty rescue our controller stood the team down.