At around 1600, the team were called by Devon & Cornwall Police to locate and recover a male who had become lost in the North Eastern part of the moor.
The male had become lost in the mist and was without a map or compass, initially relying on sight of tors to navigate the moorland.
The male knew they were between two tors but the distance between was vast. Fortunately, he had a phone signal which allowed our search managers to talk to him and keep in contact.
DART 51 (Land rover) was deployed with a 4-man-team and SD Jack! 🐶 Given the phone contact with the lost person, the man was able to describe what was around him and fortunately had located a flag pole. Team members were able to work out roughly where he was from this information and deployed to the area.
As the team were making their way to the location, barks could be heard in the distance from SD Jack who had located a person, drawing his handler (Goo) in to the location, the lost man was located.
Taking only 1.5hr from call to physical contact with team members, a quick extraction and find from the team!
We encourage everyone we come across to enjoy the moorland but do so by being #AdventureSmart. Ensure you bring a compass and a map, when you go walking/out and about, and that you know how to use them. The weather is constantly changing on the moor and this gentleman fell victim to it.
He did the right thing in calling for help, and if you are ever in doubt, there is no issue in calling for help. It is exactly why we are here.
The gentleman was assessed both on location and at the RV, by team doctor Ben. He was given the all clear and was able to be transported to the train station to make his way home.