A full scale multi agency search has been carried out after local Mountain Rescue Team were called to search for a missing male.
The Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team were called by Durham Police at 03.50am this morning (15/4) in response to a report of a missing person.
The 55 yr old teacher from Trimdon had left home at approximately 19.30 the previous evening and had not returned home. He was a keen photographer, but his camera was discovered in his car leaving police baffled as to his whereabouts.
The team searched areas of woodland near where his vehicle was located at Hawthorn Dene, Seaham, from first light before calling other Mountain rescue teams from the North East Search & Rescue Association (NESRA) to assist. Team members came from Cleveland MRT, Swaledale MRT, North of Tyne MRT and Northumberland National Park MRT followed by RAF search and rescue from Leeming who also deployed a drone . The police helicopter carried out two separate fly overs and the Coastguard also deployed an aircraft to carry out coastal searches along with a vessel in the water scouring the tidal area.
Search & Rescue teams numbered about 50 , the coastguard had up to 30 people involved along with many police hours put in on the ground and behind the scenes.
The Teesdale & Weardale Team, who led the search , accrued 12 hrs continuous searching before exhausting all avenues and ‘standing down’ at around 18.00 hrs to await further investigation from police.
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