Car found on bridge sparks two day search

Missing man search Shard Bridge Picture by Gazette reader Tony James

Missing man search Shard Bridge Picture by Gazette reader Tony James

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A MASSIVE search was launched after a man went missing and his car was found on a bridge.

Police officers were joined by a specialist mountain rescue team and Coastguard crews during the two-day search across Over Wyre.

But fears the man, whose vehicle was discovered on Shard Bridge, Hambleton, on Saturday, may have drowned were allayed when the 50-year-old from Thornton contacted a police station in Manchester last night.

Paul Durham, of Bowland Mountain Rescue, was one of 18 volunteers to scour a two-mile area along the River Wyre on Saturday night.

He said: “The police called for the team’s assistance when the car of a vulnerable man, missing from home in Thornton, was found on Shard Bridge, Hambleton.

“We commenced searches both up and down stream, three fields wide along both banks of the River Wyre.

“It was a matter of working through the area looking at areas of shelter.

“Two search dogs were also used but the trailing dog did not pick up a scent in the area, so we feared he may have been in the water.

“I’m pleased to hear he is OK.”

The alarm was first raised at around 7.45pm on Saturday when the Fleetwood inshore Lifeboat was launched to search the area.

The search was then resumed at around 7.20am when a coastguard team from Fleetwood and Knott End was called to assist.

Coastguard Paul Kirby said: “Following an extensive search of the river banks it was requested we assist police in their search.

“Knott End and Fleetwood coastguard was deployed alongside a Fleetwood lifeboat. I’m glad he has been found safe.”