After initial contact from Devon & Cornwall Police, team search managers liaised with police search managers to plan the search for a 71-year-old female missing from the Tregadillet area near Launceston. With some team members already on Bodmin Moor completing annual navigation assessments, further members made their way to the RV at the village pub.
Two foot teams and two SARDA dog teams were deployed to areas of woodland and surrounding fields north of the village, with a vehicle team sweeping roads in the general area. With most of the search areas covered, the team stood down at 3:30am pending further police enquiries.
The next morning, as search managers were planning a continuation of the search, the missing female returned home safe and well, having apparently been out in the local area overnight.
Following initial overnight searches, the team were called to join the search for a missing 61-year-old woman in the Falmouth area this morning. Ten team members were tasked to line-search a large area of Pendennis Point, working back towards Falmouth in what was pretty dismal wet and windy weather.
Just after 2pm, the missing female was found in undergrowth close to Pendennis Point; very wet and suffering from moderate hypothermia. She was initially treated by team medics before being carried out on a team stretcher to the point car park and a waiting ambulance. We wish her a speedy recovery and well for the future.
The team were contacted by Devon and Cornwall Police to discuss potential search areas for a missing 25 year old male who may have been suffering from a medical episode. Police had conducted hasty checks and were conducting other enquiries.
With no further immediate searches being required, the team remained on stand by pending further information. The male was located nearby by police shortly after.
The first proper call-out of 2017 came this afternoon, with the team called to assist in the search for a vulnerable dementia-sufferer in the Padstow area. Missing since early morning, the elderly gentleman returned home just as team members were arriving at the RV.
Once again the team provided the safety cover for the mud-fest that is the New Year’s Day run from Jamaica Inn to Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest point. A record 504 runners took part this year and, despite raining for most of the morning, by the time the runners set off only good Cornish mizzle remained.
The race itself was pretty much incident-free though, with just one nasty puncture wound from a fall on barbed wire and a couple of runners needing to be followed off the moor as they were getting rather cold. In fact, the team were mostly called into action to help retrieve vehicles off the overflow parking field!