16 / 08 / 2015
17 ASC Log 903 ASSAR was put on standby at 22.23 following a request from the police after a member of the public reported seeing something in the air above Pucklechurch, near Bristol, believed to be a parachute. Police responded and found a crashed drone. ASSAR was stood down minutes later at 22.38.
28 / 07 / 2015
16 ASC log 586 ASSAR was contacted by Avon & Somerset Police concerning a member of the public stuck on a cliff face in Avon Gorge. A Search and Rescue Incident Controller from ASSAR attended the scene to liaise with attending emergency services. A climber was helped by the Fire Service meaning the specialist rescue skills of ASSAR were not required.
27 / 06 / 2015
15 The team was called out by Avon and Somerset Police to help search for a high-risk missing person in the Arnos Vale area of Bristol at 13.08. ASSAR members deployed with the police to search a woodland area to start with. The ASSAR members then moved to another area to assist the police with their overall search plan. ASSAR was stood down at 18.30 pending further discussions with the police. Sadly the missing person was found deceased the next day outside of the search area.
25 / 06 / 2015
14 ASC Log 311 ASSAR was contacted by police at 11.13 concerning a non-cooperative male on the cliff edge in Avon Gorge. ASSARs tech team was called out immediately. The person was moved to a place of safety while the team were en route. ASSAR was stood down at 11.44.
23 / 06 / 2015
13 ASC Log No. 796 ASSAR was called out at 20.33 following a request from Avon & Somerset Police regarding a high risk missing person. The missing person’s vehicle had been found in Stockhill Woods car park, near Priddy on the Mendip Hills. Specialist search teams deployed in to the woodlands. All teams were urgently called back the car park as the missing person had returned to this area and was in urgent need of medical attention. ASSAR members carried out the required casualty care and then accompanied the police and casualty to hospital. ASSAR was stood down at 22.23.
09 / 06 / 2015
12 ASC log no. 1033 (08/06/15). The police control room contacted ASSARs Search and Rescue Incident Controller requesting assistance at 00:16 hrs. A young vulnerable female was reported missing from an address in the Yeovil area of South Somerset. The team was put on stand by and then called out at 00:58. The specific task was to search woodland and a river bank near to the home address. The casualty turned up safe and well at 01:52; and the team was stood down.
24 / 05 / 2015
11 ASC log no. 551 ASSAR was contacted by SW Ambulance Service via Avon & Somerset Police requesting assistance to move an injured male from the top of Cheddar Gorge. ASSAR was called out at 14.32. Working with a paramedic team members assessed the casualty, treated him and formulated a plan for moving him to a place where he could be transferred to a road ambulance. The casualty, accompanied by the paramedic, was placed in an ASSAR 4×4 ambulance and moved to the bottom of the gorge. ASSAR personnel walked the other members of the group to safety. The team was stood down at 16.06
16 / 05 / 2015
10 ASSAR was put on standby at 14.56 and then called out soon after to help search for a high risk and vulnerable missing female in the Hanham area of Bristol. Three specialist search teams were deployed for a bankside and woodland search. ASSAR was stood down at 19.13 pending further investigations by the police. The missing female was located safe and well by the police later that evening.
14 / 05 / 2015
09 ASC log 288. An agitated, despondent male was seem leaving a café on the sea front at Portishead, giving the police cause for concerns over his safety. The police called the Coast Guard, police helicopter, and put A&S SAR on standby at 14:25 Hrs. A control room was set up in the café with the police, Coast Guard and ASSAR. The Coast Guard searched the tidal foreshore around Portishead and the police helicopter was flown over a local search pattern, but nothing was found. Due to lack of any hard evidence, the incident was closed at 16:42 Hrs and the team stood down.
19 / 04 / 2015
08 ASC log no: 653. The team SARIC was contacted by the police control room at 16:13 hrs, requesting assistance with a despondent male who was reported as being on the outside of the safety fence at the top of Avon Gorge. ASSARs Tech rescue team was called out at 16:31 and asked to offer technical assistance to police officers on scene and HART paramedics. The male was recovered to a place of safety and the team was stood down at 17:43 hrs.
14 / 04 / 2015
07 ASC Log No. 1014. The police contacted ASSARs Search and Rescue Incident Controller at 00:28 hrs to request assistance with a search for a missing high risk vulnerable male, in the Portishead area. A bicycle belonging to the male had been found near the top of a quarry, in woodland close to police HQ. The team was called out to RV at Police HQ. The male was located by police and taken to hospital in Bristol. The team was stood down at 01:28
05 / 04 / 2015
06 The team was contacted by staff at Cheddar Gorge and Caves, notifying us that a dog and it’s female owner were on the cliffs in the Shute Gully area of Cheddar Gorge. The police were notified, and ASSARs Tech team placed on Standby. The Cheddar Gorge rock safety team accessed the female and recovered her to a place of safety (with her dog). The team was stood down.
25 / 03 / 2015
05 Assistance was requested by Exmoor Search and Rescue, to help locate a high risk 32 year old male in the Taunton area of Somerset. The team was put on ’standby’, but the police found evidence that the male was alive and on the move, so the team was stood down.
16 / 03 / 2015
04 ASC log no:384. The team was called by police control room at 16:02 to assist the police with the search for a despondent male in the Stoke Sub Hamdon area of South Somerset. The police located the male, and the team was stood down at 17:07. The Force Incident Manager subsequently requested that some team members attend the scene to assist with removal of evidence from a remote area. The team cleared the incident at 19:58.
03 / 03 / 2015
03 27/02 to 03/03/15. Avon & Somerset Police liaised extensively with the team over the events concerning a high risk missing teenage female in Bristol. The team was put on ’standby’ and called out on 02/03, to assist the police in a search of areas in North Bristol. New evidence came to light very quickly and the team was stood down very soon after.
20 / 01 / 2015
02 ASC Log 405. At 14:30 the SARIC received a call from the staff at Cheddar Caves reporting a female falling from the cliffs, and sustaining injuries. Two members of the Caves staff were in attendance with her. The ASC police were informed, and a full Technical Team callout was arranged. On arrival at the scene, it appeared the female had fallen about 70 feet and sustained injuries.
A SWAST paramedic was in attendance, followed by the S&D air ambulance. HART also attended from Bristol. The RAF was contacted and they supplied a Seaking that winched the casualty to safety and transfer to Southmead hospital. The incident was stood down at 19:00.
10 / 01 / 2015
01 ASC log 356. ASSAR was contacted by Avon & Somerset Police at 18.00 concerning a high risk, missing female in the Street area. The team was put on standby and then called out shortly afterwards. At approximately 19.30 the team was stood down as the missing person was found safe and well.
29 / 12 / 2014
23 ASC log 429. Avon & Somerset police requested assistance with a search of Cheddar Gorge, for a high risk missing person at 17:22 hrs. The team assembled at the RV point in the car park in Cheddar. The NPAS police helicopter found a heat source, and the person was removed to a place of safety. The team was stood down at 18:20.
08 / 12 / 2014
22 ASC Log no. 0243 08/12/14 ASSAR was contacted by the Force Incident Manager concerning a vulnerable, high risk missing person in the Yeovil area. The person had not been seen since 03.00hrs in the morning and concern was growing for his welfare. ASSAR was called out at 13.45hrs. Search advisers worked closely with the police to inform the search while two specialist search teams worked through steep wooded areas. The team was stood down at 19.42hrs. Police reported that the missing person was found safe and well the next morning at a contacts residence.
03 / 12 / 2014
21 ASC Log no. 0928 ASSARs Tech Team was put on standby and then rapidly called out at 21:00hrs to assist with searching the cliff faces in Avon Gorge. ASSAR remained searching until 03.00hrs on Thursday 4th December. They then returned at 10.00hrs to resume searching. The missing baby was located at 15.00hrs that day. The team worked in partnership with the police, HART and SWAST and deployed with the police rope access team. The team was stood down at 16.05hrs.