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Police helicopter and dogs locate missing man

A thermal image from the helicopter of the missing man. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police's helicopter and dog units have combined to find a missing man in Devon.

The helicopter was flying over the north of the county yesterday afternoon when the crew overheard reports of a missing 55 year old man in the Woolacombe area.

Following 20 minutes of searching the crew located the man in woodland using a thermal camera. The woods were thick and the crew found it difficult to give clear direction to ground units as to how best to get to the man.

The officers in the aircraft teamed up with a dog unit and whilst maintaining a view of the missing person the dog unit was able to navigate through the dense woodland and made contact. The man was found to be safe and was given to the care of the Westcountry Ambulance Service.

More than 60 people rescued from North Devon sea

Woolacombe Beach, North Devon. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Huge waves and strong rip currents led to more than 60 people being rescued from the sea in North Devon at the weekend.

Lifeguards gave oxygen to one person on the beach at Croyde, and four members of the same family were taken to North Devon District Hospital.

In total, 46 people were rescued at Croyde, with another 18 at Woolacombe.

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