Major search of Carlisle river for missing man

A major air and land search of the River Eden in Carlisle is underway.

A Sea King helicopter from RAF Bulmour in Northumberland is assisting.

They say they are looking for a man missing since Saturday.

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Fresh appeal for missing Carlisle man

A fresh appeal has been made to anyone who has any information regarding the disappearance of Robert Heaton from Carlisle.

Mr Heaton, 41, from Belah Road, Carlisle, went missing a week ago on Friday 16th November, after he left his home around 12:45pm.

Police were called to the River Eden, near Etterby Scaur, where a fishing rod and a baseball cap, believed to belong to Robert where located on November 17th.

His family later confirmed that the cap was Robert’s.

“We have been extensively searching the local area and have received various calls with information from members of the public, but we have not been able to confirm a positive sighting of Robert.

“Our searches to date have involved different agencies including Mountain Rescue Teams, Inshore Rescue, dog handlers, RAF Helicopter and the underwater dive team.

"Our search for Robert will not be over until we can reunite him with his family and we are re-appealing to the community to be vigilant, keep Robert in mind and if you know him and see him, please contact us on 101 immediately."

– Inspector Adrian Sowerby, Cumbria Police

An extensive search of the area surrounding Robert’s property was carried out, but with nothing was found.

"If anyone seen Robert after 12:45 pm on Friday 16th November in the Belah Road area or after that in the Etterby Scaur area, then we would like to here from you, it is important that we try and establish his movements, it could give us a clue to where he could be.

“I appeal directly to Robert, if you are reading or listening to this, please contact us or your family to let them know you are safe. You are not in any trouble – your family are extremely worried about you and want to know that you are safe.”

– Inspector Adrian Sowerby, Cumbria Police

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Search continues for missing father of two

Robert Heaton, 41, was last seen by his family on Friday afternoon, November 16, and reported missing on Saturday.

A fellow angler found a fishing rod and cap belonging to Mr Heaton along the banks of the River Eden on Saturday morning.

Police diving teams from Cheshire are in the River Eden today searching for clues to explain Mr Heatons disappearance.

Search resumes for Carlisle man

Robert Heaton Credit: Cumbria Police

The search for a fisherman from Carlisle has resumed.

41 year old Robert Heaton from Belah Road, Carlisle, hasn't been since since he left his house on Friday 16th November.

On Saturday 17th November, Mr Heaton's baseball cap was found with a fishing rod next to the River Eden near to Etterby Scaur.

On Sunday 18th November, RAF Kinloss Helicopter searched the area from Eden Bridge to Solway Estuary. Maryport and Annon Coastguards searched both side of the river from the Eden Bridges to Grinsdale and Nith Inshore Rescue searched the river area.

Police are continuing their search of the area today, with underwater search teams.

Inspector Andy Hanson said:

“We are searching the river area extensively, but there is still the possibility that Mr Heaton left the area on foot.

"We are appealing to anyone who has any information about his whereabouts to contact us and let us know if he is safe and well. This is a distressing time for his family and we are offering support.”

Mr Heaton is described as white, of stocky build, 5 ft 9” tall, with short, dark-brown hair.

He has tattoo’s on both lower arms. He was last seen wearing a grey hoody, black/navy tracksuit bottoms with stripes and wearing brown working boots.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Mr Heaton is asked to ring Cumbria Police on 101 immediately.

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River search for missing fisherman scaled down overnight

Robert Heaton is missing after going on a fishing trip Credit: Cumbria Police/Family picture

Police have scaled down their search for 41 year old Robert Heaton who it's feared may have fallen into the River Eden in Carlisle during a fishing trip. Mr Heaton was last seen leaving his home in Carlisle on Thursday to go fishing. He hasn't been seen since.

A member of the public has found fishing equipment believed to belong to Mr Heaton close to the river.

A major search including a Sea King helicopter, the RNLI and the coastguard has taken place in and around the river this afternoon. It has been scaled down overnight and will resume at first light. Police are urging anyone who may have seen Mr Heaton in the area to contact them immediately.

Police name missing fisherman

Police are searching for 41 year old Robert Heaton who it's feared may have fallen into the River Eden in Carlisle during a fishing trip. Mr Heaton was last seen leaving his home in Carlisle on Thursday to go fishing. He hasn't been seen since.

A member of the public has found found fishing equipment believed to belong to Mr Heaton close to the river. A major search including a Sea King helicopter, the RNLI and the coastguard is taking place in and around the river this afternoon.

Police are urging anyone who may have seen Mr Heaton in the area to contact them immediately.

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Search teams fear missing fisherman has 'fallen into the River Eden'

Search teams fear a missing fisherman may have fallen into the River Eden in Carlisle after they discovered his fishing equipment on the riverbank. Teams made up of police, the RNLI and the coastguard launched a major search of the river and its banks this morning.

The man was reported missing yesterday after he failed to return home from a fishing trip on Friday. An RNLI lifeboat from Silloth has joined with Coastguard teams from Annan, Maryport and Brough by Sands to search the waterway while police teams comb the river bank.

RNLI search teams join search for missing fisherman Credit: ITV

A control centre for the operation has been set up at Carlisle's Sheepmount stadium. The identity of the missing man hasn't yet been released. A Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer is also searching from the air using thermal imaging equipment.

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