Major search for mum and daughter lost on Dartmoor

A major search and rescue operation was launched for a mother and daughter who were lost and disorientated on Dartmoor.

Police officers and dog units, Dartmoor Search and Rescue teams and South Western Ambulance Service Hazardous Areas Response Team (HART) were called in after reports of two females lost, with one possibly injured near Avon Dam.

A spokesperson for the Dartmoor Search & Rescue team from Ashburton said: “Transpires that a mother and daughter had set off from Shipley Bridge for a walk in good weather around the area of Avon Dam.

“In true Dartmoor style the weather changed and exhaustion set in, both of which contributed to disorientation. They’d done the good thing and contacted police, who in turn deployed the team to assist in bringing them to safety.

“Thankfully there were no injuries and both ladies were walked off by police & team members to an awaiting ambulance where both ladies were checked over and warmed up, before heading home.

“This was another multi agency incident with officers from Devon & Cornwall police, police search dogs, South Western Ambulance Service & members of their HART team.

“Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton are a voluntary organisation providing specialist Search and Rescue services across large parts of Devon, assisting Devon & Cornwall Police, neighbouring Search & Rescue teams in locating lost, vulnerable, missing persons.

“Also assisting South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in conveying the injured or ill from remote locations.”

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