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19th December 2008 MISSING MAN FOUND
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team have been carrying out a search overnight for a missing 81 year old man. The gentleman was last see at his home in Stanhope Co. Durham just after lunch yesterday.(Thursday).
19 Rescue Team volunteers and 3 mountain rescue search dogs searched for 8 hours last night assisted by police officers and the air support unit.The search recommences at first light with the assistance of neighbouring mountain rescue team.
Stephen Marrs Rescue Team Controller said "We had started to go over ground searched during the night and expand our search with the help of the Cleveland Team when a friend of the gentleman's family found him close to a quarry to the North of the town. We were able to get one of our medics to the scene within a few minutes. We decided that the safest option was to carry the gentleman to the Police helicopter which had landed 200m from the scene. Because of a steep slope we were assisted by a number of police officers and an ambulance crew. The man was taken to James Cook hospital by the police helicopter".
Notes For Editor Teesdale
& Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to the "Mountain
Rescue - England and Wales". We provide a Search and Rescue service throughout
County Durham and beyond primarily for the Police but also for the other emergency
services. All Team members are volunteers and we rely on monies raised by ourselves
as a registered charity to run the Team. Further details regarding our latest
callouts and Team information can be found on our website www.twsmrt.org.uk