Pease Hill, Ripley

  • Call out for year: 19
  • Date: 5/06/10
  • Time: 1:30 am
  • Grid ref: sk 4053 4989
  • Type of incident: Non mountain (Police) Search vulnerable person(1)
  • Team members involved: 1
  • Time taken: 2 hours
  • Total man hours: 4 hours

Incident report

Buxton search dog Zak called with handler Nick Smith to assist in a search of a semi-urban area of Ripley following the report of a missing 93 year old lady.  Whilst the night was relatively warm and dry an early find probably saved this lady’s life.

The search was being co-ordinated by Derby MRT and three Peak District SARDA dogs were called to assist.  The lady, who had last been seen about 20.00 hours the previous evening, was known to be in a confused state and Nick with Search Dog Zak was tasked to search an area of parkland close to the lady’s home. 

The casualty was located by Zak in thick undergrowth and nettles, cold and confused but otherwise unharmed.


  1. Martha Allen

    Dear Nick and Zak

    On behalf of my family and I, we wish to thank you with all our hearts for your fantastic efforts that night.

    The Mountain Rescue Team is a great organisation, and without your help the outcome may have been very different.

    You really are heros in my eyes.

    Thanks guys.

    Martha Allen
    (Grand Daughter to Barbara Allen)

  2. Nick Smith

    Hi Martha,

    Thank you for your message,
    I’m just so pleased we were able to help.
    I love working with Zak and it made every minute of our training worthwhile when we found Barbara
    (Zak was especially pleased because he got a nice juicy bone as a reward that morning!)

    We wish your Grandmother a speedy recovery and our Best Wishes,
    Nick & Zak

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