The West team were tasked by Devon & Cornwall Police to search for a missing female, last seen earlier that afternoon in Truro. The team initially gathered at Truro College, from where three foot teams carried out searches of woodland areas, whilst HM Coastguard Rescue 924 and Police Dog Units searched additional areas.
After two hours of searching, new intelligence suggested that the missing person was now located in the Tresillian area, so the whole team relocated. As further members arrived, four foot teams proceeded to search areas of dense woodland between the village and and the river.
As the first search areas were being completed the missing female was located by one of the teams, extremely cold and unresponsive. She was immediately treated by a team cas-carer while further teams brought rewarming and medical kit. After some creative gate-opening and skilful reversing, the team 4×4 vehicle was also then able to drive to within 10 minutes of her location.
Once she had been stabilised, she was ‘packaged’ into a fleece warming bag and onto a Bell stretcher to be carried out. After a difficult evacuation to the waiting 4×4, she was then transferred to the roadhead and into the care of South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and we all wish her a speedy recovery.