Military helicopter used in search for man heading for cliffs

Contributed by editor on Jan 31, 2009 - 12:00 AM

A major air, sea and land search involving over 50 people, which was
launched to find a missing man who was known to have taken an overdose
of medication, ended some five hours later with the man being found and
taken to hospital.

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The alert was raised around 5.00 pm yesterday evening (29 January) when
Police contacted Dover Coastguard to alert the marine emergency service
that the man was heading towards the cliffs at St Margaret's Bay
near Dover.

Police units with a dog handler were joined by Langdon and Deal
Coastguard Rescue Teams and the Dover lifeboat was requested to launch.
A shoreline search was made and white parachute flares were launched to
illuminate the area.

A military rescue helicopter was also launched which conducted an infra
red search both out to sea and across local farmland. The Kent search
and rescue team were also involved.

Phil Binks, Dover Coastguard Watch Officer said: "At around 10.00 p.m.
this evening a call was made to the Police which brought their attention
to a rear garden in Beach Road where a man was found.

"After such a major effort this evening, we are delighted that he has
been found safe, although he is very cold and suffering from
hypothermia. Fortunately the weather has been fair and dry tonight. He
has now been taken to hospital."