Riverbank search being carried out on River Stour for 'man seen falling into water'

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A RIVERBANK search is being conducted along the River Stour from Iford Bridge to Tuckton Bridge following reports that a man fell into the water.

Dorset Police officers along with units from the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and a specialist wading team are conducting the search.  

An overhead search will also be carried out.

Dorset Police Search Advisor, Inspector Shaun Cronin said: “Once this is completed there is so further search activity we can do unless more information comes to light.”

Dorset Police received a call from Portland Coastguard yesterday, Wednesday 1 January 2014, stating a major search was underway after a member of the public reported seeing a man fall into the River Stour near Iford Bridge.

The search began at 7pm and involved the Southbourne Coastguard Rescue Team, the Portland Coastguard Rescue helicopter with its forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera, the Mudeford RNLI inshore lifeboat, the Wick ferry, Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

A search of the river, its banks and surrounding area continued into the night but no one was found.

Dorset Police are now investigating the incident and are particularly keen to hear from a woman who was seen to have an altercation with a man on the bridge.

Inspector Pete Little, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “A witness at the scene has reported seeing an altercation between a man and a woman.

“The woman is seen to leave and it is possible that subsequent to this a man has fallen into the river.

“I am appealing for this woman to contact Dorset Police immediately.

“I would also urge anyone with any information about this incident or who may have seen a man and woman in the area at the time to call 101.

“The search and rescue units worked in very challenging conditions with rain and strong winds, but were unable to find any sign of a missing man.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 01:618. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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1:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Huey says...

Doesn't sound good at all
Doesn't sound good at all Huey

2:15pm Thu 2 Jan 14

John T says...

This is yesterday's news. The Police have said that the search has been called off and that no one is missing.
Perhaps, it is too much to expect the Echo to keep abreast of the news when there are steak and kidney pies and tea towels being destroyed all around them!
This is yesterday's news. The Police have said that the search has been called off and that no one is missing. Perhaps, it is too much to expect the Echo to keep abreast of the news when there are steak and kidney pies and tea towels being destroyed all around them! John T

3:10pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Seethebestinlife says...

John T wrote:
This is yesterday's news. The Police have said that the search has been called off and that no one is missing.
Perhaps, it is too much to expect the Echo to keep abreast of the news when there are steak and kidney pies and tea towels being destroyed all around them!
Well I have just gone past and they are still searching the river!!
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: This is yesterday's news. The Police have said that the search has been called off and that no one is missing. Perhaps, it is too much to expect the Echo to keep abreast of the news when there are steak and kidney pies and tea towels being destroyed all around them![/p][/quote]Well I have just gone past and they are still searching the river!! Seethebestinlife

3:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Bonjovigirl says...

You'd think the woman would come forward so they can sort this out quicker .
You'd think the woman would come forward so they can sort this out quicker . Bonjovigirl

3:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Seethebestinlife says...

Bonjovigirl wrote:
You'd think the woman would come forward so they can sort this out quicker .
Just what I was thinking!
[quote][p][bold]Bonjovigirl[/bold] wrote: You'd think the woman would come forward so they can sort this out quicker .[/p][/quote]Just what I was thinking! Seethebestinlife

3:44pm Thu 2 Jan 14

John T says...

Seethebestinlife
Now, I am in a quandary as to who to believe....this Echo Reporter who says at 12:00pm. (whatever that may mean) that a 'Riverbank search is being carried out', BBC South Lunchtime News who reported at 1:30pm. that the Police had called off the search, or you, who report at 3:10pm. that the search is still going on.
Seethebestinlife Now, I am in a quandary as to who to believe....this Echo Reporter who says at 12:00pm. (whatever that may mean) that a 'Riverbank search is being carried out', BBC South Lunchtime News who reported at 1:30pm. that the Police had called off the search, or you, who report at 3:10pm. that the search is still going on. John T

4:12pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Glashen says...

John T wrote:
Seethebestinlife
Now, I am in a quandary as to who to believe....this Echo Reporter who says at 12:00pm. (whatever that may mean) that a 'Riverbank search is being carried out', BBC South Lunchtime News who reported at 1:30pm. that the Police had called off the search, or you, who report at 3:10pm. that the search is still going on.
I think if you read the article the contradiction is explained by the statement,
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Dorset Police Search Advisor, Inspector Shaun Cronin said: “Once this is completed there is so further search activity we can do unless more information comes to light.”
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I do wonder though why they came back this morning to continue a search which was probably a false alarm in the first and by then realistically could only be a search for a body.
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: Seethebestinlife Now, I am in a quandary as to who to believe....this Echo Reporter who says at 12:00pm. (whatever that may mean) that a 'Riverbank search is being carried out', BBC South Lunchtime News who reported at 1:30pm. that the Police had called off the search, or you, who report at 3:10pm. that the search is still going on.[/p][/quote]I think if you read the article the contradiction is explained by the statement, . Dorset Police Search Advisor, Inspector Shaun Cronin said: “Once this is completed there is so further search activity we can do unless more information comes to light.” . I do wonder though why they came back this morning to continue a search which was probably a false alarm in the first and by then realistically could only be a search for a body. Glashen

5:05pm Thu 2 Jan 14

GAHmusic says...

I reckon he is home safe and dry and unless he or she reads the echo and not everyone does, none the wiser to the trouble his escapades have caused
I reckon he is home safe and dry and unless he or she reads the echo and not everyone does, none the wiser to the trouble his escapades have caused GAHmusic

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