Fenland Police and CamSAR rescue two missing men deemed to be at high risk
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Fenland Police were called to two separate, unassociated incidents in relation to two missing males who were deemed to be at high risk on Wednesday evening.
The first incident involved a man who had left home following a dispute and was believed to be at risk to himself. It started at around 10.30pm in the Friday Bridge area.
Officers from the Fenland division attended the last known location of the male, as well as a Cambs dog handler and his PD Mitch. Firearms officers also used heat source scopes to help search through the overgrowth and thick brambles.
After several hours of searching through wet fields, overgrowth and thickets, the search team leader requested that Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue Team attend and assist further.
The man was located after seven hours of searching and ambulance crews assisted with his welfare. He was later taken to hospital for treatment.
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The second incident involved a man who had left home in his vehicle and drove to a location which was unknown.
Officers conducted address checks and worked closely with family members to determine possible locations where the man could have driven to.
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After numerous hours of searching, the man was located by a traffic officer, in a field in his vehicle. He was seen by paramedics and taken to hospital for further treatment and for a mental health assessment for his own welfare.
Both searches were very ‘resource intensive’ say police, using officers from the late turn to assist with the searching, as well as other specialist teams including traffic officers and impact teams.
A police spokesman said: “Thankfully officers across Fenland were able to offer a very fast response, and attend the last known locations of the individuals to ensure the search areas remained manageable and contained.
“The effectiveness of having the extra officers available on this occasion was very beneficial, especially with the use of heat source equipment, a police dog to track and also the CamSAR team on hand to help cover a greater distance.”
CamSAR is a volunteer group that are highly trained in search and rescue, water rescue and also mountain bike rescue.