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Paignton teenager rescued from Dartmoor

By GuyHenderson  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

  • Picture courtesy of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)

  • Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team

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A PAIGNTON teenager was rescued from Dartmoor last night after injuring herself in a sledging accident.

The 18-year-old girl was trapped in snow for three hours after injuring herself while sledging with friends at Yartor Down near Dartmeet.

She hurt her ankle and is recovering in hospital.

Dartmoor Rescue Group volunteers who rescued her said she was "OK, very cold and a little hypothermic".

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Spokesman Dave Tutty said: "The situation was getting worse, the snow was getting bad but eventually we found the girl on a steep slope.

"We were able to get her on a stretcher back up to the control vehicle."

Members of the Ashburton group of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team took part in the operation, which began at around 6.30pm.

A spokesman said: "The team arrived through some very snowy country to assist with a young female sledger with a suspected fractured leg.

"It had been snowing on and off during the day and when our volunteers arrived the moor was covered in a thick carpet of snow with more falling and a dense hill fog.

"Once the casualty’s location was ascertained she was attended to by team doctor and nurse as well as the paramedic. Her injury was stabilised and then she was transferred on to our stretcher and transported back to the waiting ambulance.

"A successful result and we wish the young lady a speedy recovery."

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  • SmokeyMcPot  |  January 25 2013, 4:18PM

    @SmaryC She did something stupid which took up valuable resources of already stretched emergency services, which also cost taxpayers money, despite there being repeated warnings... but I'm guessing you're someone who doesn't pay taxes!

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  • SmartyC  |  January 24 2013, 3:55PM

    So she did something stupid. Anyone here want to put their hand up and say that they never did anything stupid as a teenager..? It's called life, deal with it chaps.

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  • Mooresy84  |  January 24 2013, 12:44PM

    Unfortunately, in life accidents do happen. Wishing the girl a speedy recovery :-)

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  • SidneyNuff  |  January 24 2013, 11:49AM

    I bet you always wear a clean vest and are in by 10 on a weekend, 8 on a school night.

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  • Ned_Fl4nders  |  January 24 2013, 11:34AM

    Yes i have been skiing, many times in fact only on aproved routes and when there are warnings in effect i adhere to them and not go up the mountain; and when i do go i have insurance to cover in case of any accident costs. As for health and safety police, most skii resorts have plenty of signage, rescue teams on hand.

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  • SidneyNuff  |  January 24 2013, 11:10AM

    Yes Ned. Let's wrap everyone on cotton wool and never leave the house, that may work for you over 65's but there is a world out there, it's sometimes dangerous. Have you never been skiing Ned, they do that on snowy hills miles from anywhere but they seem to have less health and safety police in other countries, and less kill joys. Plus it gives the ambulance service a break from resuscitating drug addicted zombies in the castle circus area of Torquay.

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  • Ned_Fl4nders  |  January 24 2013, 10:29AM

    And this is what happens when you ignore the warnings. As she is an adult (18) she should be recharged for the costs, adding a little for stupidity ratio as well.

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