Callout Archive:

06 / 11 / 2013

23 The CRO was called by SWAST control room in Exeter, at 21:30 hrs, reporting an injured mountain biker on the Black Down area of the Mendip Hills.  The responding ambulance crew were having trouble accessing the area, on what was a very stormy evening.  The police FIM confirmed the incident and a pre-call ‘alert’ was organised within A&S SAR. The police helicopter was unable to assist, due to bad weather. By 22:00 Hrs, the casualty had decided to move himself to a point of safety, and reported to the waiting ambulance crew for a medical check up.  The team was stood down at 22:20 hrs.

03 / 11 / 2013

23 ASC Log No. 8690F03 ASSAR was put on standby at 18.26 following a call from AS Police asking for help with a group of missing people in the area of Somerton. The group had been reported missing in extensive woodland and the police were concerned due to the poor weather and darkness. The team was called out shortly afterwards but then stood down at 19.13 as the missing group was located.

09 / 10 / 2013

22 ASC Log No 796 ASSAR was contacted by Avon & Somerset Police at 17.21 resulting in an immediate callout for the Tech team (ASSARs rope access specialists) to Cheddar Gorge following the report of people being stranded on a cliff face. The team was stood down within a few minutes when it was realised they were climbers mistakenly identified by well meaning tourists.

07 / 10 / 2013

21 ASC log 950. The Force Incident Manager contacted ASSAR at 22.35hrs asking for assistance with a missing female in the Frome area. The team was called out at 23.08hrs to rendezvous at Frome Police Station for a further briefing. At 00.08hrs the team was stood down as the missing person was located. Several members made it to the rendezvous while others turned back en route.

11 / 09 / 2013

20 ASC Log 262 Avon & Somerset Police contacted ASSAR requesting assistance to look for a missing female in the Cold Ashton area, north of Bath at 15.01. The Chief Rescue Officer placed the team on standby at 15.19 as discussions progressed. The missing person was considered vulnerable and the situation made worse by incoming rain. ASSAR was called out at 15.25. Three teams were deployed into farmland with steep combes, water courses and woodland. The missing person was located safely on a nearby road by police. The team was stood down at 21.02.

17 / 08 / 2013

19 ASC log no: 1100 (16/08/13). The CRO was called by the Force Incident Manager at 08:25 alerting the team of a vulnerable missing person, believed to be in the Worlebury Woods area of Weston Super Mare. The full team was put on ‘stand by’, at 08;30, and was called out at 08:35. A full search of the dense wooded area was made on top of Worlebury Hill. Exmoor Search and Rescue team was called out on a mutual aid basis at 13:00. They arrived on scene and carried on search operations in the woods. A&S SAR team was stood down at 17:48. Nothing was found.

31 / 07 / 2013

18 ASC Log 242. The CRO was contacted at 12:20Hrs via SARCALL to an incident involving a missing female in the Lansdown area of Bath. The team was called out, but on arrival at the RV point it was discovered that the missing person was already accounted for in hospital.  The team was stood down at 13:45.

25 / 07 / 2013

17 ASC Log 0250 The Force Incident Manager for Avon & Somerset Police contacted the team at 08.54 with a request to help search for a missing person. ASSAR members were put on standby at 09.36. Following ongoing discussions the team was called out at 11.20 to search woodlands, cliffs, quarries and a cyclepath in the Leigh Woods area of Bristol. Several search parties were deployed into these areas. The team was stood down at 17.10 pending further investigations from the police.

20 / 07 / 2013

16 ASC log no: 116. The CRO was called by the police control room requesting assistance for the Fire and Rescue Service; for a report of two people who had become stuck on a ledge in Cheddar Gorge at about 19:30.

The incident was actually to remove three Spanish speaking students who were stuck near ‘French Pinnacle’ in Cheddar Gorge. They were unharmed, but very frightened and disorientated. A&S SAR technical team, were assisted in the removal by a SWAST ambulance crew, HART from Exeter, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, and Avon Fire and Rescue. The incident was stood down at 22:33.

18 / 07 / 2013

15 ASC Log No 593. ASSARs Chief Rescue Officer was contacted at 13:20 with a request to assist South West Ambulance Service in carrying an injured female from Crook Peak to an ambulance. The team was called out at 13:30. The team provided casualty care and safely moved the injured lady onto a stretcher and carried her down to the ambulance at the roadside. The team was stood down at 14:27.

12 / 07 / 2013

14 ASC Log No. 0438 ASSAR Chief Rescue Officer was contacted by AS Police at 15.11 requesting assistance to search for a missing person in the Blagdon area. ASSAR was called out at 15.28. The missing person was located and no further action required. The team was stood down at 15.56.

10 / 07 / 2013

13 ASC Log No. 0221 ASSAR was called out by Avon & Somerset Police at 16.02 to conduct a missing person search in the Coalpit Heath area. Several teams were tasked with searching lake edges, woodlands and abandoned railway lines. The search was suspended at 21.45 pending further investigations.

30 / 06 / 2013

12 ASC Log No 653 ASSAR was put on standby at 19.34hrs by AS Police to assist in a search for a missing person. The team was called out at 19.42 to the Chew Magna area. Three search teams were deployed. Police dogs and the police helicopter were also searching adjacent areas. The incident was unresolved and the team was stood down at 22.54hrs.

Continuation of existing Log 653:

01/07/13 ASSAR was called out at 15.00hrs by the Police to undertake searches of other locations in the Stanton Drew area. Three search teams were deployed. ASSAR was stood down at 20.19hrs.
02/07/13 Further assistance was requested by the police, ASSAR members resumed searching at 11.00hrs. The team was stood down at 13.38hrs further to the missing person being located. No further assistance was required.

29 / 06 / 2013

11 ASC Log No 222 At 03.57hrs ASSARs Chief Rescue Officer was contacted by Avon & Somerset Police requesting assistance with the removal of a casualty from the River Avon in the Avon Gorge. The incident was dealt with by other emergency services. No further action required. ASSARs involvement ended at 04.04hrs.

28 / 06 / 2013

10 ASC Log No 1193 Avon & Somerset Police contacted ASSAR at 23.01 requesting assistance with a despondent intent on self harm on the Clifton Suspension Bridge. ASSARs tech team was placed on standby. ASSARs Chief Rescue Officer and Team Leader attended the incident. A female was moved to a place of safety at 00.08. No further action required. The tech team was stood down at 00.10

26 / 05 / 2013

09 ASC Log 1084. ASSAR was contacted at 21.10hrs on 26/05/13 by Avon & Somerset Police concerning reports of two people stuck on the rockface in Avon Gorge. The request for support was cancelled at 21.16 as the two were located safely.

09 / 05 / 2013

08 ASC Log No 892. ASSARs Chief Rescue Officer was contacted at 19.20 by Avon & Somerset Police informing them of a missing female in the Leigh-on-Mendip area. The team was put on standby at 19.30 for a technical search of quarries and a land search. The team was called out at 19.45. The injured missing female was located in a quarry, appropriate medical care was provided alongside SWAST. The casualty was transferred to coastguard helicopter at 22.00, with help from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, and taken to Frenchay Hospital. The team was stood down at 23.00.

05 / 05 / 2013

07 ASC Log 633. The Chief Rescue Officer was called by SWAST ambulance control to notify of an accident in a reservoir hole near Cheddar. The control asked for attendance on scene and to confirm that the police and cave rescue had been contacted. A team of divers were in a cave when a rock fall had been reported. A male was reportedly trapped and a female had suffered injuries. One of the cave divers had come to the surface and made the report to the ambulance service. The injured female ‘self rescued’ to the surface and was taken to hospital by the waiting SWAST crew. The male appeared at the surface a short while later. Mendip Cave Rescue attended but was stood down, and assistance was received from SWAST ambulance crews, Devon HART team, Bristol HART team and several crews from D&S FRS. After both casualties were safely on the surface the incident was stood down.

07 / 04 / 2013

06 ASC Log No. 833. The Chief Rescue Officer (CRO) was called by SWAST clinical hub in Exeter advising of a male in a cave in Priddy, Mendip, who required rescuing. The CRO contacted the police control room and ensured the cave rescue team were called out via SAR CALL system. The CRO met the police inspector and Sgt on site at Priddy Green and escorted them to the cave entrance at Swildon’s Swallet. Some of the underground party members had returned to the surface and could report on the casualty condition. SWAST stood down the HART response. Members of cave rescue arrived on site and entered the cave. The CRO stood down and handed the incident over to the Mendip Cave Rescue controller.

17 / 03 / 2013

05 Log 705 The team was called out at 16.30 by Avon & Somerset Police in response to a male, with minor injuries, who was stuck, high-up on cliffs in Cheddar Gorge. The man was located and moved to a place of safety by ASSAR technical rescue experts with assistance from local fire crews from Cheddar Stn supported by additional resources from Bridgewater Stn. The incident was stood down at 20.16 further to the casualty receiving welfare support, medically assessed and then transported to Weston-Super-Mare Railway Stn so as to be able to make his journey home.