Police helicopter locates missing man

Concerns were high for the 55-year-old reported missing from a holiday park in Woolacombe.

THE police helicopter was scrambled yesterday afternoon to search for a man reported missing from the Woolacombe area.

The helicopter joined the search around 3.30pm as concerns were high for the 55-year-old man reported missing from the holiday camp he was staying at an hour before.

Officers searched Woolacombe and the surrounding area and the helicopter began a search of the open ground and coastline using a range of equipment including thermal imaging, high resolution HD camera and stabilised binoculars.

After searching for 20 minutes, the crew located the man in woodland using the thermal imaging camera.

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The woods were thick and the crew found it difficult to give clear direction to ground units as to how best to get to the man.

A police spokesman said: “The officers in the aircraft teamed up with a dog unit and whilst maintaining a view of the missing person the dog unit was able to navigate through the dense woodland and made contact.

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“This was an excellent example of how the helicopter crew works with dog units, whether it’s finding missing people or suspected criminals.”

The man was found to be safe and was given to the care of the ambulance service.

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