[15] SEARCH – Minions, Bodmin Moor, 12/06/2017 13:52 hrs

The busy long weekend continued and after three days on eastern Bodmin Moor search dog training, members were back out in the same area this afternoon. After the car of a missing despondent female was found in the car park at Minions, the team were called to search a large area of the surrounding moor. Much of this is difficult terrain to search effectively, so we were also joined by four SARDA search dog teams from Cornwall and Devon. With so many shafts in this iconic mining landscape, we also deployed the team’s mine rescue section who searched two large shafts near Cheesewring Quarry.

Working closely with Devon & Cornwall Police, their GP dog teams also covered a wide area around the car parks and the whole area was overflown by an NPAS helicopter and a Coastguard AW139 from Portland, Dorset.

As foot teams were covering remaining areas of the moor and dog teams were redeploying into high-priority areas, the missing female made herself known to authorities. Team members were immediately on scene and were able to assess her condition before offering her a lift back to Minions in a team Land Rover where she was checked over by an Ambulance crew. In total 26 team members were on the ground for eight hours in what was a very drawn-out and wide-ranging search, but one with a happy conclusion.