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Search continues for missing walker

A large-scale search is continuing for an experienced walker, missing for a week.

Seventy-four-year-old David McCartney, from Keighley, didn’t return home from an eight mile walk in the Yorkshire Dales on 18th October. He set out on the walking expedition in the Craven area of the Yorkshire Dales. The district contains valleys, with multiple rivers, and mountains of up to 2,415ft.

Mr McCartney was last seen wearing a blue coat, red trousers, and an orange and brown scarf, with a red and black rucksack. At this time, multi-agency efforts have failed to find him. The car he left home in however was located by police in Kettlewell. The search coordinators, North Yorkshire Police said: “We are extremely concerned for David’s welfare”.

David McCartney, Last Seen photo. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Multiple agencies have combined their efforts in the search. Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), said: “It is a huge multi-agency effort with many teams”.

Nearly 100 people joined the search on Saturday. Mountain Rescue Search sent out 12 dogs and their handlers. They covered the Lakes, the Peak District and the North East. Since Tuesday, there has being nearly 2,000 man hours searching on foot. The effort involves seven teams made from Calder Valley Search and Rescue, Cave Rescue Organization and other organizations. Supporting ground efforts, RAF Mountain Rescue sent out a helicopter and drones to swathe the Dales. The drones signaled the start of “significant” efforts according to North Yorkshire Police.

Critical Incident Inspector Martin Smith from North Yorkshire Police said: “I urge anyone who is out walking in the Great Whernside, Kettlewell, Buckden, Grassington and Angram reservoir areas to be vigilant and to report any immediate sightings of anyone matching David’s description to 999.”

Anyone with any information is asked to quote the police reference number NYP-18102021-0505.