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Major Search Continues for Missing Pensioner

Teesdale & Weardale Search & Rescue Team were one of three teams from the North East who have been involved in the search for a missing elderly man from Hilton near Appleby, Cumbria.

The 74 year old has been missing since Wednesday from the small village which backs on to the Pennine hills. The search has gone on since Wednesday evening. Today nine mountain rescue teams from the North East, Cumbria, Scotland and RAF Teams from Leeming and Valley in North Wales assisted by 2 Seaking helicopters searched much of the high fells leading to the High Pennines.

Steve Owers spokesman for the Teesdale Team said "This was one of the biggest searches in the North for a number of years. Over 100 mountain rescue team members who are all volunteers and 6 search dogs were involved today alone. For some of the teams this is the third day in a row which they have been out searching. Unfortunately we found no sign of the gentleman today".

Steve Owers
Press Officer

Teesdale & Weardale Search & Rescue Team

25/03/06 1745hrs

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