18 August 2022

A male in his mid-20s had been reported missing in the Hetton area late on the previous day. Mountain Rescue was requested by Northumbria Police for open and wooded area searches in the vicinity of Hetton Lyon Country Park and Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.

In conjunction with the Police Search Adviser a search plan was agreed and search groups tasked to cover quite an extensive area. Our volunteer members searched through heavy undergrowth and wooded areas, open fields, marshland and along the bank sides of open water.

Despite best endeavours nothing was found and the Teams were stood down at 17.30hrs. Northumbria Police enquiries are ongoing to try to locate the missing male.

The Teams would also like to thank the Springboard cafe at the Hetton Lyon Country Park for providing refreshments to our volunteers throughout the day.

The incident involved 18 members for 12 hours 40 minutes.