[11] SEARCH – Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor 19/03/2017 18:42 hrs

Early evening the team were alerted to a mother and daughter (and their three dogs) lost on the western edge of Bodmin Moor. With a rapidly fading phone battery they’d managed to contact the police and send a video of their location earlier in the day. The video appeared to show they were somewhere near Louden Hill, southwest of Rough Tor.

The poor weather (strong wind and driving mizzle) meant they were likely to be very wet and very cold, so the full-team were called-out. The first two team members were on scene within 45 minutes and able to deploy straight out onto the moor as a hasty foot team. Another 45 minutes later and the pair were located near Logan Rocks; after seeing torches in the driving mizzle, their shouts for help guided the team members in. Both were very cold and wet and it was important to insulate them quickly and get them off the moor. The hasty team were able to walk them off to a waiting Land Rover, which ran them back to the Rough Tor car park.

After a check over from a team medic they were thoroughly warmed up (including one very cold and wet whippet) and were then able to make their way home without further assistance. We can’t emphasise enough how important it is to respect the moor and its fickle changes in weather, with torch, map and compass being the bare minimum before venturing out.