Rescuers 900 and counting

By The Post  
Thursday 13th January 2022 7:59 am
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The HANTSAR team in Petersfield

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Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) has been called out 900 times since it was formed in 2003 to help the police look for missing people.

And during that time, it has helped search for missing people from Petersfield, including the search for Colin Dyer from Downs House in 2018.

Described at the time as ‘probably the biggest manhunt ever in Petersfield,’ it saw scores of residents join police and HANTSAR searchers to look for Mr Dyer, who was later found and returned to Downs House.

Since 2010, HANTSAR has also been involved in missing person searches in Queen Elizabeth Country Park and more recently at Exton.

The HANTSAR team are pictured above searching culverts in Petersfield.

HANTSAR spokesman Terry Vidler said: “We responded to a New Year’s Day call from police to look for a missing person, who was found after a short search.

“This was the 900th call-out and a time for reflection. We think of those we have tried to help over the years and their families. And we are reminded of the commitment of our trained volunteers, past and present, and the support given by their families.”


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