Press Release – 27th July 2017
Missing Man found after 600 searcher-hours searching on the edge of the New Forest
A vulnerable 82 year-old man had been reported missing on Tuesday 18th July from his home in Nomansland, at the edge of the county bordering the New Forest. Wiltshire Police called the professionally trained volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue to assist in the planning and the search. Volunteers were also called from neighbouring Lowland Rescue teams: Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR), Hampshire Search Dogs, Dorset Search and Rescue, and Dorset Search Dogs.
Hampshire Search and Rescue provided a Search Planner and deployed search teams on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday 19th. The search continued on Thursday 20th, with specialist water rescue teams from Hampshire Search and Rescue.
The missing man was found and immediately taken to hospital, where he is recovering. In all, 51 Search and Rescue volunteers were involved. Adrian Sawyer, Chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, had this to say about the multiple teams who brought about the success of this search, “We are really pleased with the outcome of this search and it was absolutely worth the lost sleep, the miles walked, the thunder, lightning, and torrential rain that we all endured in order to bring the gentleman safely back to his family. I’m proud of the way all the teams worked together seamlessly and supported Wiltshire Police. This is truly why we train so hard and volunteer our time.”