Dartmoor mountain rescue team awarded Diamond Jubilee medals

Thirty members of a Dartmoor mountain rescue team have been awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The volunteers of the North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team based in Okehampton will receive the awards for five years of service.

The charity said it had 45 volunteers which attended about 25 incidents for injured or missing people every year.

The medals, with a red, white and blue ribbon, will be presented at a ceremony in Okehampton on 3 August.

Paul Vachon, of the service, said: "It is a one-off. We're all volunteers and from all walks of life and not paid for doing this, so we're absolutely jubilant."

The charity, which has been operating for more than 40 years, has to raise £12,000 each year to operate.

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