Callouts 2011

West Down, Ilfracombe, Devon

A 79 year old lady with Dementia had gone missing from a Caravan Park whilst on holiday with her husband.  The team searched the heavily vegetated area until the early hours of the morning, before arranging to pass the search on to North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Okehampton) at first light.

Friday 30th September

Exmoor Search and Rescue Team members joined colleagues from three Dartmoor Rescue Group sections; Okehampton, Tavistock and Ashburton, as well as SARDA Search and Rescue Dogs in this continued search.  The volunteer teams were joined in the search by the Police Helicopter, Police Search Dogs and the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Special Operations Department.  The search lasted until dusk.

Saturday 1st October

Exmoor Search and Rescue Team returned in the morning to continue the search from the last two days.  The search was made all the more demanding by the unseasonably hot temperatures and the necessity to search very thoroughly in dense vegetation.  The Team stood down in the evening to await further leads as to the whereabouts of the missing lady.

Sunday 2nd October

The Police requested further assistance from the Team in the continued search, as a new sighting dating from Thursday evening was reported.  This sighting lead to extensive new areas being searched, however by late afternoon the Team stood down.

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