Lost walker found by search and rescue team

mountain rescue DSRT

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team  (DSRT) Ashburton located a man who got lost on Dartmoor last night.

The man, who had left his car at Ludgate got lost after becoming disorientated.

The Ashburton team were ask to assist in the search in the Pupers Hill area by Devon and Cornwall Police just after 7pm last night.

Volunteers responded quickly, with teams out on the moor by 7.40pm and the man was found safe and well by 8.10pm.

Pupers Hill

Image: DSRT Ashburton

A spokesperson DSRT Ashburton said last night:
“The individual had left his car at Ludgate for a walk on the moor at 4pm this afternoon. Unfortunately he had no map or compass and as visibility and daylight soon deteriorated, he soon became lost and disorientated.

“He also had no whistle or torch, essential safety equipment when walking on the moor, so could not signal his location to rescuers.

“As weather conditions was good with light winds, our members homed in on the area he was suspected to be in, found him and escorted him off the moor and to his car,”

The duty team Search manager reminded walkers of the importance of safety equipment, saying:
“Fortunately the gent had a mobile phone which meant we could talk with him and get a good idea of his location before sending out foot teams to escort him off the moor. We recommend that walkers always take a map and compass, and know how to use them,  along with essential safety equipment such as a whistle and torch on Dartmoor walks. They don’t weigh much but can make all the difference if you are delayed and find yourself out on the open moor after dark enabling you to find your way or to signal rescuers”.

 

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