Missing man found walking on the beach after two-hour search

A vulnerable man missing from Seaham was rescued by the coastguard after he was spotted walking on the beach.

Sunderland Lifeboat Station and the Coastguard assisted Durham Constabulary to help locate the man shortly after 4pm on July 14.

During the two-hour search, the man was eventually spotted on the beach near the mouth of Ryhope Dene by a lifeboat crew, who were able to verify his identity and condition.

He was then escorted to the clifftop, where he was taken into the care of police officers.

Sunderland Coastguard said: “Sunderland and Seaham Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked to assist Durham Constabulary in a search for a vulnerable missing man in the Seaham area.

“Sunderland RNLI Atlantic and inshore lifeboats were also engaged in conducting a search from seaward.

“After some time, the missing person was sighted near the mouth of Ryhope Dene by the inshore lifeboat crew, two of whom went ashore to verify his identity and condition.

“Coastguard Rescue Officers from Seaham accessed the beach and escorted the man to the clifftop, where he was taken into the care of police officers.”

Sunderland RNLI said: “Our volunteers were tasked to launch both our inshore lifeboats to reports of a vulnerable person who was thought to be missing.

“Crews onboard our Atlantic 85 and D class lifeboats quickly launched and navigated to the location provided by UK Coastguard which was between Salterfen Rocks and Chorden Point.

“Once on scene volunteers commenced a search of the area and after a short while, the crew spotted the potential casualty walking on the beach.

“The D class lifeboat landed on the beach and two of our crew approached the casualty who was then identified as the missing person.

“Volunteers stayed with the vulnerable person who they assessed as fit and well until Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team and police arrived to take them into care. More than two hours after launching our crews were then stood down to return to the station.”

Chronicle Live – Sunderland