On Sunday evening, Exmoor Search & Rescue Team were tasked by Devon & Cornwall Police to Ashill, near Collumpton, to assist with an ongoing search for a high-risk missing person.

11 Team Members, supported by Search Dog Jack, and Handler Goo, from Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England responded and searched alongside colleagues from the Police and the National Police Air Service HQ. The Team deployed our new SAR Drone asset to search areas of open rural farmland in support of ground search Teams. The Team stood down at 21:30hrs whilst Police investigations were ongoing.

This morning, the Team redeployed to Ashill as part of a large-scale multi-agency missing person search. Exmoor Search & Rescue Team were tasked alongside colleagues from Devon & Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Urban Search & Rescue and with mutual aid provided by our colleagues from North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and the National Police Air Service HQ.

Ground Teams from Exmoor SRT and North Dartmoor SRT searched open farmland, supported by Search Dog Teams Nick and Lottie, Goo and Jack, Catherine and Copper, and the USAR Dog Team. The excellent flying conditions saw the Exmoor SRT Drone Team co-deploy alongside the Police Drone Team and the USAR Drone Team, each tasked to provide an ‘eye in the sky’ in support of the extensive search strategy.

We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to the residents of Ashill and the surrounding area for their support and willingness to assist with the search efforts – it really is appreciated! A special mention to the Ashill Village Hall for their hospitality, and to the Ashill Inn for going above and beyond by feeding the search Teams when the pub was closed! Thank You! 👏

Sadly, the search was inconclusive and Police inquiries are ongoing.

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