“The woman had not been seen or spoken to for two days, which was irrelevant, and her phone was not working, so understandably concern for her safety was high,” Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jones said. in the press release.According to Rees-Jones, the woman’s car was found on a mountain road, so officers knew where to look. However, there was still “a huge area to cover given the time she ran out,” he said, according to BBC News.
The Brecon Mountain rescue team, a National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter and a search expert had joined the mission, the statement said. After an hour and a half, they were found – thanks to Max.
Both mother and baby were safe, but cold and “appeared to have been in the area for a significant period of time,” Rees-Jones said. Arrangements have been made to have the mother and young child checked by a mountain rescue doctor and the ambulance service, the statement said.
“I have to give a special mention to PC Pete Lloyd and Max, who on the very first day since completing their training together drove a significant amount of miles in the search, ultimately putting them to safety,” said Rees- Jones.
“Although he only recently got his license and on his first operational shift, he immediately began an open area search,” he said.
Lloyd joined the Dyfed-Powys Police Dog Section in February, according to police. Max, a general-purpose dog, will be used primarily to track and locate people, find abandoned property and track and detain suspects, the statement said.
“I was very pleased that on our first operational dog team deployment, Max and I were able to safely locate the missing mother and baby,” Lloyd said in the statement. “Max remained focused throughout the long search and it was invaluable when he responded to the call for help that led us to locate them. “