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Rescuers find missing grandmother alive in forest after four-day search

The pensioner was found in forest undergrowth following a four-day search. Credit: Severn Area Rescue Association / Facebook

A grandmother who was feared dead after going missing in woodland in torrential rain has been found alive and well hidden in undergrowth.

Rescuers discovered Janice Warren in woodland near Bream, Gloucestershire, at the weekend following a four-day search.

Teams had feared the worst for the 71-year-old, who went missing during torrential downpours and thunderstorms.

Ms Warren, 71, was missing for four days. Credit: Severn Area Rescue Association / Facebook

The Severn Area Rescue Association, who were involved in the search, said they were “delighted” to have located the pensioner.

We were delighted that the missing lady was located by one of our teams early this afternoon!

Two of our casualty carers (including one who was visiting from SARA Wyre Forest) were able to attend to the lady, and look after her until an NHS ambulance arrived. We wish the lady a speedy recovery.

– Severn Area Rescue Association

Land search teams from Beachley and Tewkesbury were first called out to help police on Friday (August 16) night.

In the pouring rain, they searched the hazardous terrain around Bream until 1am when they were stood down.

The Severn Area Rescue Association said they were Credit: Severn Area Rescue Association / Facebook

The area has a vast underground cave system which goes under the village and surrounding woodlands.

On Saturday, numbers were boosted by members of Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group, SARDA (South Wales Search and Rescue Dog Association) and the Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation.

Plans to take part in the Nashville Day in Chepstow were called off so every available SARA member could join the search for Ms Warren.

Although the conditions were "arduous", the rescuers were rewarded when they found the pensioner alive and conscious.