Woman found in Stoke Gabriel after full scale search

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(Last Updated On: August 4, 2014)
There was a full scale search for a woman in Stoke Gabriel last night (29 July)

There were concerns for the safety of a female in her 50′s who it was believed had gone for a walk during the morning  the previous day and not returned.

Volunteers from the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team’s Ashburton team were called at 7.12pm..

Police officers, Dartmoor Search and Rescue, Coastguard and RNLI joined together in the search in the vicinity of Stoke Gabriel on the River Dart.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue team said
“Around 10pm a team of our volunteers searching an area to the North West of Stoke Gabriel on the banks of The Dart, heard a voice calling for help from the opposite bank approximately 100 metres away. The identity of the missing lady was confirmed and another DSRT team was directed to her location through difficult terrain where a team Doctor assessed her condition”
Due to her isolated location that was difficult to reach by foot, Coastguard and an RNLI inshore Lifeboat was called to assist and she was evacuated by boat, accompanied by a Team Doctor, to a waiting land ambulance at a landing point at Kingswear. The woman was then taken to hospital with a leg injury.

An Ashburton team spokesman said ‘We are delighted the lady has been found following a lot of hard work by all agencies involved. Due to the difficult terrain around her location, all agencies worked together to affect an efficient evacuation. It’s on searches like this that inter-agency team working is essential to a successful outcome, and this was displayed perfectly this evening’.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton is a voluntary organisation of 60 members who are on call 24×365 to assist in search and rescue of the missing, lost, injured and vulnerable on Dartmoor and across Devon including urban areas like Exeter, Torbay and Newton Abbot. Public support is vital as 92% of their funding is from public donation.

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