Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team have spent most of today (Sunday) searching for middle aged man from the Peterlee area. The search has been concentrated on Castle Eden Dene, a 3 mile long steep sided valley leading to the sea. The man was last seen at a local newsagents at around 6.30am on Friday. Police are concerned for his welfare especially as he has now been missing for over 60 hours which is very out of character.
Steve Owers Deputy Team Leader said "The terrain in the dene is very difficult to search because of the steep unstable sides and the dense undergrowth. Fortunately there was a training weekend for mountain rescue search dogs taking place this weekend in Northumberland so we were able to utalise a total of 7 search dogs and handler, some from as far away as the Peak District, throughout the day. The dogs were joined by 9 Mountain Rescue searchers from the Teesdale team. I was so hot in the dene and the terrain so challenging that we were only able to use the dogs for 2 hours at a time. Unfortunately we have not be able to locate any sign of the missing man."
Deputy Team Leader
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team
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