Incident 03. | 13/02/22 00.45
Callout number 3 in 30 hours.
Devon & Cornwall Police were contacted by a male reporting that his tent had flooded in the Shavercombe Brook valley. One of our Search Managers then made contact and after a conversation and due to the deteriorating weather forecast, we decided to deploy 4 members to escort him from the moor before the situation became worse.
The team members had to wade and cross the River Plym at a ford. The knee deep water presented a problem but using river crossing skills that the team regularly practice they were able to cross safely.
The camper was found at the reported location and escorted back to his car.
Always think about where you pitch tents remembering that river levels rise very fast on Dartmoor, even very small brooks and burns can become dangerous. Be prepared and check the weather forecast.
Team deployed from our rescue centre at 01.30 in Dart 54 and returned camper to his car at 04.10. All team members returned back to the RC by 05.00.
3 Team Members
1 Search Manager
Dart 54 Land Rover
DSRTP Jon B
Remember if you need assistance on the moors, Dial 999 or 112, ask for the Police and then Mountain Rescue.
Ask yourself 3 questions before you set off:
– Do I have the right GEAR?
– Do I know what the WEATHER will be like?
– Am I confident I have the KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS for the day?
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