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Police appeal to community in search for man last seen in Cumbria estuary

POLICE have appealed for information after the disappearance of a man last seen in a Cumbria Estuary.

Ravenglass estuary photo
Emergency services at the estuary

John Allen, aged 76, from Preston, is described as 5ft 8”, of slim build and is bald. He was wearing a green fleece, green suede trousers and walking boots. He was last seen at Ravenglass Estuary at around 9am yesterday morning (April 28).

A search took place at Ravenglass Estuary at low tide yesterday at around 6pm, involving The Bay Search and Rescue Team, several mountain rescue teams, Coastguard, Cumbria Fire and Rescue officers, Cumbria Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) officers, the National Police Air Service, and Cumbria Police officers. Another low tide search took place this morning by the police and coastguard – sadly no sign of Mr Allen has been found yet.

A underwater search is taking place this morning, and there will be a further shoreline search tonight at low tide.

Inspector Mark Wear from Cumbria Police said: “Mr Allen has been missing for over 24 hours now, and this is very out of character for him. If anyone has seen someone matching his description in the Ravenglass area I would urge them to get in touch as soon as possible.

“Following enquiries we do not believe Mr Allen was swimming in the Estuary yesterday morning, but may have been trying to help his dog out of the water. The dog is fine, however Mr Allen has not been seen since.

“We had around 100 people out searching for Mr Allen last night, and we are appealing to the local community to get in touch with any relevant information they may have.”

Anyone who may have seen someone matching this description is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for the duty sergeant at Whitehaven Police Station quoting log number 59 of 28th April.

A spokesman for the Coastguard confirmed teams from Millom and Whitehaven had been continuing this morning, but so far nothing has been found.

Earlier on Monday, Cumbria Police were joined at the scene by a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley, Millom and Whitehaven Coastguard rescue teams, an inshore lifeboat from Workington, a lifeboat from St Bee's, and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

Liverpool Coastguard had taken a 999 call from a member of the public who reported seeing a man up to his chest in the water and then attempt to swim across the estuary.

He soon disappeared from view but his dog made it back to shore and was barking for his owner.

Rescue teams say the search area is now being expanded to cover the River Esk, River Irt and River Mite.


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The article mentions Mr Allen by name you idiot

Posted by christine Williams on 28 September 2014 at 14:53

Thinking of the family at such a dreadful worrying time & thanks to all involved in the search for Mr Allen.....

Posted by Ann on 1 May 2014 at 23:09

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