The team have spent the day searching the area around the river Creedy near to Newton St Cyres. We were continuing a search that DSRT Okehampton had started on Wednesday evening and had carried out until 0130.
Devon and Cornwall Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing elderly gentleman.
Our water specialists joined officers from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue to search the river whilst other team members provided bankside support.
A report on the search by the Crediton Courier
UPDATE: Devon and Cornwall Police released the following statement on their website on the 29th March 2017.
‘Police have located the body of a man during the search for Peter Giles from Newton St Cyres. Officers were concerned for the welfare of Mr Giles, 70, who was reported missing on 8 March. His Land Rover Discovery was found in an area known locally as ‘Newton Rec’ in Newton St Cyres and police carried out detailed searches of the area. The body of a man was located in the River Creedy in Newton St Cyres on 24 March. Formal identification has not yet been carried out but the family of Mr Giles has been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’
Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of Mr Giles at this very sad time.