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16th October 2009 MAJOR SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team have been coordinating a search overnight for a man missing from home in Ferryhill, County Durham. The elderly gentleman was last seen at 4pm on Friday afternoon. The Teesdale & Weardale team and the police searched area in and around Ferryhill throughout the night in in cold damp conditions. Eighteen mountain rescue volunteers and 2 mountain rescue search dogs were involved with assistance from the RAF Search & Rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.
Dave Bartles Smith Teesdale & Weardale team leader said " We were called out by the police at 8.30 on Friday night. After 9 hours of searching I stood the team down but we have recommenced the search at 9am Saturaday with Mountain Rescue Teams from Swaledale and Northumberland. The missing gentleman is 89 years old and is wearing a light brown jacket, brown trousers and brown shoes. He wears a cap and has a walking stick. If anyone sees this gentleman could they please contact the 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