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PHOTOS: Rescue Dog 'Saves Woman's Life'

PHOTOS: Rescue Dog 'Saves Woman's Life'

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:31pm 20th December 2016. (Updated at 4:42pm 20th December 2016)

A search and rescue dog has helped save the life of a missing woman in Falmouth.

Blitz managed to pick up the scent of the 51-year-old in an area of deep undergrowth in woodland near Swanpool.

She had been missing for 24 hours.

The woman was in a critical condition and was taken to hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Now teams are praising Blitz and her trainer Jess for their hard work.

blitz the rescue dog

A Cornwall Search and Rescue Team spokesperson said: "Late yesterday evening the team's west section were called to carry out a small-scale search for a 51-year-old female, missing in the Swanpool area of Falmouth since the previous night.

"A dozen team members and a SARDA dog team proceeded to search woodland, open ground and urban areas late into the night.

"Just before 2am search dog Blitz indicated on an area of deep undergrowth, where the missing female was found in a critical condition.

"Due to the effects of two cold nights and some significant injuries, she required immediate assistance from team medics.

blitz the rescue dog

"Further team members were deployed to help stabilise her before paramedics arrived and she could be evacuated to a waiting ambulance.

"Once again this demonstrates the importance of our air-scenting search dogs, making the months and years of training so worthwhile.

"So congratulations to Jess and Blitz on a great find, but also to all the team members who gave up their night to save a life."

blitz the rescue dog

blitz the rescue dog

A Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson said: "The team were tasked to assist Devon and Cornwall Police and the Cornwall Search and Rescue Team with a 'High Risk' Missing Person search.

"We rendezvoused at Swanpool car park alongside our duty full time officer S11B, ready to deploy search teams when news came in that the person had been located inland by a Cornwall Search and Rescue Team dog unit and following some initial treatment by Cornwall SAR and Police, the casualty was passed to the Ambulance Service.

"We stood down and RTB, ready for service by 2.40am.

"Falmouth inshore and all weather lifeboats were tasked to assist but stood down once the person had been located. Porthoustock Coastguard Team were also tasked, but stood down on route."

blitz the rescue dog

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