Highbridge, Somerset (Standby)

The Avon and Somerset Police alerted the Team to a potential search near Higbridge in support of our colleagues from Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue Team.  The situation was resolved befor any action was required.

Bideford, Devon

For the third time in fours days the team were alerted to a missing person in the Bideford Area.  The vulnerable female was located soon after the Team were alerted.

Westward Ho! Devon

The Devon and Cornwall Police control room asked the Team to attend a search for a 68 year old lady with Alzheimer’s.  She had gone missing from a car park near the sea front at about 16.30.  The lady was located whilst the team were en route.

Bideford, Devon

The Team were asked to stand by for a callout at 7.00am for a vulnerable missing female in the Bideford Area.  The lady was located before the Team were deployed.

Witheridge, Devon

Fourteen Team members were joined by 8 USAR personnel from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and their Search Dog, a SARDA search Dog, two Police dog teams as well as Police officers and the NPAS helicopter at the scene of a fatal road crash.  Information was received that there were possibly one or two further injured persons and an extensive search was undertaken of nearby fields, woods and roads.  At 3.00am nothing had been found and the immediate search was stood down.

Brockwell, Minehead, Somerset

The South West Ambulance service asked the team locate and treat an ill male reported to be on open moorland on Dunkery Hill.  The casualty and his friend had made their way to the road where Team members including the Team doctor administered treatment until the ambulance service arrived.  The patient was then taken to hospital.

Tarr Steps, Dulverton, Somerset

The car of a lady reported missing was located by Police at Tarr Steps.  The Team carried out initial searches of the area until 3.00am, when the search was suspended to await daylight to search the wooded areas.  During the suspension the lady was located some miles away at a relative's home.

Horner, Somerset

The ambulance service directed the Team to an incident near Horner.  On arrival Team members were unable to locate the casualty.  Enquiries at local houses were made with the conclusion that the injured party had made their own way to medical treatment.

Barnstaple, Devon

The Team were called to help in the search for a 15 year old tourist in the Barnstaple area near the River Taw Bridge.  The young male returned before Team were deployed.

Wiveliscombe, Somerset

The Police had concerns for the welfare of a 46 year old lady.  Her husband was able to give an idea of her location, from which information Team members found the lady in a copse near the town.  She was then transported to a place of safety.

Uffculme, Devon

Devon and Cornwall Police had concern for a 63 year male in the Uffculme area of Mid Devon.  The gentleman returned home whilst resources were assembling.

Axminster, Devon - Stand by

The Team were asked to stand by whilst Police made initial checks for a missing 10 year Girl in Axminster.  The Police Search, including Load speaker announcements from the Police helicopter, was successful when the girl was located and the Team were stood down.

Trentishoe, Devon

The Ambulance service requested help evacuating a runner with a broken ankle.  On arrival Team members were not required as the injured person was being evacuated.

Valley of the Rocks, Lynton, Devon

Just the search at Taunton was reaching a conclusion the Devon and Cornwall Police alerted the Team to attend the Valley of the Rocks.

An 11 year old American tourist had been playing on the rocks and then could not be found.  The team were asked to attend in case initial searches by Coastguard and RNLI were inconclusive.  ESRT were stood down when HM Coastguard Helicopter located the injured boy.

Upton, nr Wimbleball Lake, Somerset

The South West Ambulance Service called the Team to assist with the evacuation of a fallen walker at Wimbleball Lake, as they were some distance from a road in a wooded area.  The Team diverted from the call out in Taunton.

On arrival the Team liaised with the Ambulance crew who did not know the location of the casualty.  Information from the original call was sought which identified the likely location.

A local farmer assisted team members to the location but shortly before their arrival the casualty had been rescued by wardens in a boat.  The Team then resumed the Taunton Call out.

Taunton, Somerset

Avon and Somerset Police contacted the team to assist in a search of open area fields near Taunton.  The missing male from a nearby care home had been missing since late on Tuesday.  The areas in question were searched in good conditions and nothing was found.

North Molton, Devon

Devon and Cornwall Police alerted the Team to a missing 17-year-old girl missing in the village of North Molton on the edge of Exmoor.  Team members were arriving at the scene when the girl was located.

Ilfracombe, Devon

The Team joined the search for a 28 year old male missing since the early hours of Sunday morning.  The search was halted when he contacted a member of his family.

Simonsbath, Somerset

Whilst the events at Heasley Mill were unfolding the Ambulance service also asked us to attend a casualty in Simonsbath.  The Hi-lux with a crew of five attended along with the ambulance HART team.  This casualty was also airlifted to hospital.

Heasley Mill, Devon

South West Ambulance Service asked the Team to recover a casualty from a house at Heasley Mill near South Molton.  It was originally reported that the Coastguard Helicopter could not fly due to low cloud and this meant a three-mile stretcher carry due to snow-covered roads, however the helicopter was able to access the area, so the Team’s assistance was not required.

Bratton Fleming, Devon

In the continuing snowy conditions the Team's Hi-lux was despatched to help the Ambulance service reach a person suffering from a stroke, however the situation was resolved with the team on route.

Dunkery Beacon, Somerset

Immediately from Marsh on the Devon border the Team were called to two stranded motorists on the side of Dunkery Beacon, who had been there since 22.30.  They were cold and lacking in resources as well as having medical issues.  In appalling weather conditions, the team were joined by DFRS Porlock, who arranged for a tractor driven by Mr Tucker to dig through the snowdrifts, whilst two Exmoor team members walked to the vehicle.  The motorists were then evacuated by Fire Service all terrain vehicle.


Our thanks to HM Coastguard helicopter from Newquay who were willing to turn out in the dreadful conditions, but fortunately they could be turned back when the tractor had secured access, and of course to Mr Tucker

South Somerset

Four Team members in the Team’s Hilux checked on the welfare of stranded motorists along the A358 and A303 near Ilminster and on the Blackdown Hills until they were removed to a rest centre at 5am.

Burnham on Sea, Somerset

The search for a 38 year old year old man missing since a night out on Friday 23rd had been on going when Exmoor SRT added extra resources to the search being carried out by Avon and Somerset SRT, Coastguards, Police, and BARB.  Search parties scoured fields and drainage ditches until late afternoon, but at that time the missing man had not been found.

Torrington, Devon

The Team continued a search started earlier in the night by North Dartmoor SRT.  The subject of the search was a 32-year-old male, multiple resources completed extensive searches before Police enquires lead to him been located in a house in the town.

Taunton, Somerset

Exmoor SRT were joined by two SARDA search dogs, resources from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service including a search dog, search personnel from Exeter and the rescue boat from Bridgwater.  The search was for an 18-year-old female in the Longrun Meadow area of Taunton.  She was found by a search team at around 4.30am and was taken to hospital.

Hawkchurch, Axminster, Devon

The Devon and Cornwall Police asked for assistance in the search for a despondent man whose car had been found near woodland. Exmoor SRT arranged mutual aid with Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton, but our services were not required as Police located the missing person before our arrival.

Porlock, Somerset

The search from last night was continued in daylight, Police and Exmoor teams searched woodland areas.  The search was halted soon after 12.30pm when Coastguard located a body on the coastline.

Porlock, Somerset

A 71 year old man had been missing from home all day.  Following searches by the HM Coastguard both on foot and by Helicopter, Exmoor Search and Rescue took over to search more inland areas.  The search was suspended at 12.30am.

Burrington, Umberleigh, Devon

The Ambulance service had attended an address the previous night but no trace of the patient could be found.  Police enquiries as to the whereabouts of the man were unsuccessful, so Exmoor SRT conducted a search of Farmland and woods near the address.  Nothing was found.

Chittlehampton, Umberleigh, Devon

A vulnerable 15 year old girl had gone missing around 19.00hrs.  Initial searches were inconclusive and the Team was called to assist in area searches around the village.  The girl was located outside of the search area.

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