Missing Walker, 80, Turns Up After 3 Days

© Lankyman

Eighty-year-old Harry Harvey was reported missing on Sunday afternoon in the Gunnerside area of Swaledale, in the Yorkshire Dales. But as a press conference with police and family members was about to start today at the Tan Hill Inn, Mr Harvey unexpectedly showed up in a Mountain Rescue vehicle.

Great news Harry Harvey has been found safe and well on the moor near Tan Hill. Over 100 mountain rescue members have...

Posted by Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team on Tuesday, 8 September 2020

In the wet and windy weather, police had expressed serious concern for his safety, after he became separated from the organised walking group he'd been with. Coordinated by Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, the search effort involved around 100 personnel from several local teams.

Gunnerside Gill, Swaledale  © Lankyman
Gunnerside Gill, Swaledale
© Lankyman, Sep 2012

It's been reported that he had been carrying camping gear for the walk, so was able to keep out of the rain.

A statement issued today by police said that he was now back with his family after being found by a wildlife photographer, who'd seen him waving.

"This is fantastic news that Harry has been found safe and well" said Inspector Mark Gee.

"I want to thank all the search volunteers for their time, as well as gamekeepers, estate owners, farmers and local residents for their help and understanding. Thanks also to the Tan Hill, who looked after the volunteers and Mr Harvey's family".

It's a pretty bleak area to go missing  © Heidi Dent
It's a pretty bleak area to go missing
© Heidi Dent


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