Missing woman with dementia found following land air and sea search


A missing woman in her 70s who has dementia was found following a search involving police, police helicopter, Dartmoor Search and Rescue, Coastguard and RNLI crews late last night.

The police helicopter searched from above, whilst RNLI crews searched from the water and other agencies searched on land.

The missing woman was found by the police helicopter who spotted a heat source in dense woodland.

Coastguard Rescue Teams, Torbay inshore lifeboat and Police then carried her in a stretcher through the undergrowth before she was taken home to family.

Photo: Facebook/Torbay Coastguard

A spokesperson for Torbay Coastguard said on social media: “Shortly after arriving on scene, NPAS44 located a heat source in a densely wooded area far from the coastal path but a short distance from the shore. They were able to direct the RNLI ILB to the shore where crew approached the heat source and confirmed it was the missing person.

“Due to the location, evacuation of the casualty by helicopter or RNLI was impossible. Instead, Coastguard Rescue Officers, Devon & Cornwall Police and RNLI crew placed the casualty in a stretcher and carried them through overgrown and uneven woodland to the coastal path. The casualty was then transported back to their home address to be reunited with family and seen by Paramedics.”

This twitter video clip shows the moment the missing woman was located.

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