Injured woman rescued during large operation on Dartmoor

More than 40 people took part in a four-hour rescue operation on Dartmoor last night (July 30) after a woman got injured.

Both the Plymouth and Tavistock-based Dartmoor Search and Rescue Teams, as well as paramedics, attended the incident near Cadover Bridge, close to the River Plym.

The woman had an injury to her lower leg and the rescuers used rope equipment to help get her back up the steep-sided valley.

A spokesperson for the Tavistock team wrote on its Facebook page: “Last night, the team was asked to assist our sister team from Plymouth with the extraction of a female casualty with a lower leg injury from near Cadover Bridge.

“With paramedics already in attendance, an advance party confirmed the location of the casualty before personnel were deployed to the site in order to effect a stretcher evacuation.

“The location of the casualty was close to the River Plym at the base of a steep-sided valley.

“This required the use of rope equipment to implement a two-stage, single-line rope system to provide additional security for the stretcher as it was carried up out of the valley over testing, broken ground to a narrow footpath.

“From there, the teams carried the stretcher and casualty back along the single-track, rocky and uneven path to a waiting ambulance.

“The rescue involved in excess of 40 personnel – including 17 from Tavistock team – wearing personal protective equipment and observing coronavirus safety procedures, from five different agencies and took over four hours.”

Devon Live