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Saving lives

Volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue were called out last week to support Wiltshire Police to find an elderly man. Due to the immediate lifesaving actions by the team, the man was able to be safely transported to hospital by ambulance where he is now making a good recovery.

Adrian Sawyer, Chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, had this to say about the events, “When the call came through to us on the evening of 11th November, our volunteers were immediately sent to assist the police in the search. By planning sectors based on the available information, and putting the skills into practice that are learned through continuous training, the team was able to accurately identify the suspected location of Mr Paredes.

“This structured approach to searching is so vital during the early hours of any callout and greatly increases the chance of finding the missing person. Despite the darkness and dropping temperatures, the team was also able to rapidly search a river that was on the route, both from the bank and by entering the water in protective drysuits. It was a joint effort with the police in ensuring that together we had all possible locations discussed, prioritised and searched.”

Mr Paredes’ condition when he was found was of concern to the team, as he had been missing for several hours, was inadequately dressed for the poor weather conditions, and was dangerously hypothermic.

All of our team members are trained in basic life saving, and many of them to give more advanced medical care including joint training with the Ambulance Service. Treatment was immediately started, and additional lifesaving equipment was rushed to the scene. After Paramedics arrived, the team continued to assist moving Mr Paredes using a stretcher.

Wiltshire Police was quick to praise the volunteers, adding, “We are extremely grateful to the volunteers at Wiltshire Search and Rescue who in this situation gave us much needed extra people on the ground, working alongside our officers as colleagues.”

Wiltshire Search and Rescue is a voluntary organisation funded entirely through voluntary donations. The team is professionally trained and is called out by Wiltshire Police to support with finding vulnerable and missing people. In 2016 over 10,000 hours of volunteer hours were given to the community by the team. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are united in their desire to be there when people need us most.

If you’d like to donate to the team to support our equipment, our vehicles and our training, please visit http://wilsar.org.uk/donate

 

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For press information about Wiltshire Search and Rescue, please call Sarah Wolf, PR 07747 733216 or email pr@wilsar.org.uk