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 evening the team were called out to assist D&C police in the search for a high risk missing person with dementia. 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.
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.
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.
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.
We have been assisting Devon & Cornwall Police in the search for a missing person in the Bude area.
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