On the evening of Sunday 6 November Northumbria Police requested Mountain Rescue’s support for a male in his 80s who had been reported missing from home in the Battlehill area, North Tyneside.
Working alongside the Police Search Adviser, a search plan which focused on routes and areas to the north and south of missing person’s last known point was agreed. Trained volunteers from North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves, alongside two Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England teams, were deployed to search paths, tracks, hedgerows and small areas of woodland during the hours of darkness.
Despite our best efforts, the Teams stood down at approximately 05.15hrs on Monday morning with nothing found.
Later on Monday morning the Teams were called out again by the Police at 11.00hrs. With limited further information, the daylight hours search concentrated on the routes and areas searched the previous night. Unfortunately once again nothing was found and the Teams were stood down just after 17.00hrs.
Police enquiries continue during this terribly distressing time for the missing person’s family.
The incident overnight on Sunday 6 November involved 21 Team members for 8 hours 40 minutes and on Monday 7 November involved 20 members for 8 hours 5 minutes.