Woman in hospital after going missing near Truro

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By Em_Williams | Monday, November 05, 2012, 12:01

A woman's being treated at the Royal Cornwall Hospital after going missing near Truro yesterday. She was discovered in marshland beside a river near Hugus, hypothermic and confused having been exposed to the elements for around ten hours.

Serious concerns were raised for the 55 year old yesterday afternoon. She had last been seen in the Threemilestone area at around 12.30pm. Sightings and searches by friends suggested she had been near Badhu. With the weather turning cold and night drawing in, the Cornwall Search and Rescue Team were called out to help cover the vast open countryside and maze of tracks while the police helicopter also helped with the hunt.

After an extensive search covering over five square miles of countryside, the woman was found by the Cornwall Search and Rescue Team at around 10pm, around a kilometre away from the last sighting.

Pete Jarrett, CSRT Chairman explained: "In total eleven team members were involved with treating and evacuating the missing lady. Within 30 minutes we had her stabilised and taken by stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

She was in an extremely isolated location, and with the cold temperatures, she may have not made it through the night."

Inspector Dave Meredith from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "I have no doubt that the actions of the Cornwall Search and Rescue Team saved this woman's life. With low temperatures, heavy rain and the wind chill factor, it is highly likely that this woman would have quickly succumbed to hypothermia.

This is another excellent example of the work of CSRT who regularly turn out to help the police in searches for Missing Persons. They are to be commended for their professionalism and dedication in this truly life saving incident."


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