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Details revealed about major search for missing woman

Details revealed about major search for missing woman

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:16pm 22nd August 2019. (Updated at 3:52pm 22nd August 2019)

More details have been revealed about the major search to find a missing woman from the Truro area.

A 44-year-old disappeared on Wednesday evening, sparking a massive search.

Police had issued an urgent appeal amid concerns for her safety and welfare.

Officers, the Coastguard helicopter, search and rescue teams and sniffer dogs were involved in the operation.

Searches were carried out in woodland areas near Truro College before moving onto Tresillian near the river.

Rescuers say she was found 'extremely cold and unresponsive' and was stretchered to safety.

She was left in the care of the ambulance service.

Tresillian misper

"At 9pm last night the team were tasked by Devon & Cornwall Police to search for a missing female, last seen earlier that afternoon in Truro. 

"The team initially gathered at Truro College, from where three foot teams carried out searches of woodland areas, whilst HM Coastguard Rescue 924 and Police Dog Units searched additional areas.

"After two hours of searching, new intelligence suggested that the missing person was now located in the Tresillian area, so the whole team relocated. As further members arrived, four foot teams proceeded to search areas of dense woodland between the village and the river.

"As the first search areas were being completed the missing female was located by one of the teams, extremely cold and unresponsive. 

Tresillian misper

"She was immediately treated by a team cas-carer while further teams brought rewarming and medical kit. After some creative gate-opening and skillful reversing, the team 4x4 vehicle was also then able to drive to within 10 minutes of her location.

"Once she had been stabilised, she was 'packaged' into a fleece warming bag and onto a bell stretcher to be carried out. After a difficult evacuation to the waiting 4x4, she was then transferred to the roadhead and into the care of South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and we all wish her a speedy recovery. 

"Once kit was organised and stowed, the team stood down just before 3am to return to bed ready for the 9-5 of work today.

"With the new team only two weeks old, this is hopefully the first of many lives saved in West Cornwall."

West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team

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