Missing pensioner found safe and well after major search operation

Mr Harry Waite found safe and well
Mr Harry Waite found safe and well

A large scale search operation was conducted yesterday evening (Friday) after reports a vulnerable man was missing in the Colne area.

Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Teams and Lancashire Fire and Rescue service were involved to help find 79-year-old Mr Harry Waite.

Within an hour of the request, team leaders from each service met at an RV point and over 30 people were mobilised.

The search operation lasted over six hours and Mr Waite was located safe and well by mountain rescue.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "This was due to their vast search expertise, dedication and professionalism. A heartfelt thank you to the Mountain Rescue Teams and Lancashire fire crews who attended from all over the county and further. Another great example of multi-agency partnerships which are going from strength-to-strength.

"Thank to for all those who helped search and shared this post on Facebook.".