Man Injured in Search for Missing Helmsley Woman Barbara Colling
4:23pm 11th February 2013
Police searching for missing Helmsley woman, Barbara Colling, have thanked the public for their continued support.
The praise follows a weekend when volunteers turned out in force to assist with the search. On Saturday 9 January 2013, over 130 people joined the effort with 60 to 70 turning out on Sunday.
The searches took place along the B1257 and in the Fangdale Beck area.
During the weekend’s search effort, a 39-year-old man from Newcastle, who is a member of the Cleveland Search and Rescue Team, was airlifted to hospital after falling into a gulley just after 1pm on Saturday 9 February 2013. He sustained severe bruising and was released after treatment.
Barbara was last seen walking along the B1257 near Abbotts Hag at around 9.30am on Monday 28 January 2013.
Inspector Andy Everitt, of Malton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I would like to thank everyone who turned out in the effort to find Barbara. Their help has been absolutely tremendous.
“Sadly, we are now treating the search as a body recovery exercise, as there is very little chance of finding Barbara alive. We are supporting her family at this difficult time and will continue to do so until the search ends.
Inspector Everitt added: “Thankfully the man who was taken to hospital, after he suffered a fall, was not seriously injured. The accident shows that even trained members of search and rescue teams can suffer mishaps. I am asking members of the public who go out searching for Barbara on their own to take extra care and not put themselves in any danger.”
Anyone who can help locate Barbara Colling is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police immediately by dialling 101, selecting option 1 and passing the information to the Force Control Room.
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