Thirty members of three mountain rescue teams spent six hours on Saturday afternoon (22nd July 2006) searching dense woodland for a 33 year old man who had gone missing from West Pelton near Chester-le-Street in County Durham.
The man was reported missing to Durham Police on Friday evening. The police were concerned for his safety following a phone message sent to one of his friends. They contacted Teesdale & Weardale Search & Rescue Team on Saturday morning who concentrated the search on Beamish Woods to the north east of Beamish Museum.
Paul Renwick the search controller said " Due to the large area of dense woodland we needed to search we called on the help of two other search and rescue teams from Northumberland, We also used three specialist mountain rescue search dogs and were assisted by the police helicopter. Following a six hour search where no trace of the young man was found the search was called off".
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