3rd December 2011 RIVER SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING MAN
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team have again been searching the River Tees for a man who was spotted jumping from Blackwell Bridge Darlington on Tuesday evening. Steve Owers deputy team leader said "river levels have dropped since we searched on Wednesday. Today (Saturday) we used five members of our canoe group to carry out an extensive search of the water from Blackwell bridge to Croft. The advantage of using canoes is that all areas of the water can be covered and a much better search of the waters edge can be carried in areas land based searchers would find extremely difficult. Despite searching until darkness fell we were unable to find any trace of the missing man".
The Teesdale & Weardale Team were one of the first mountain rescues teams in the country to introduce a canoe group to help in river searchers. Over the years they have been very successful in locating missing persons on all of the Counties rivers.
Photographs - Member of canoe group searching near Blackwell Bridge (Photo - Steve Owers)
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