UPDATED: Woman found after land and air search on Chesil Beach

SEARCH: Police and coastguard teams at the scene.  Picture: JOHN GURD

SEARCH: Police and coastguard teams at the scene. Picture: JOHN GURD

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A MISSING woman has been found after a major search operation on Chesil Beach yesterday.

Police and coastguard teams joined forces to hunt for the woman who drove to Dorset from Surrey and left her vehicle at the Chesil Beach car park off Portland Beach Road this afternoon.

The woman, said to be in her 40s and from Cranleigh, Surrey, was found by Dorset Police late yesterday evening, when she returned to the car.

Teams combed the coastline and surrounding area for the woman, who was said to be in an upset state.

Onlookers reported seeing emergency service vehicles at the beach car park and the Dorset Police helicopter hovering overhead. Units from Portland Bill Coastguard Rescue Team supported Dorset Police in the operation.

Speaking at the scene when the search was first launched, Sergeant Jon Wren of Dorset Police said: “We are trying to locate an individual.

“We were notified of a vehicle coming into Dorset by Surrey Police. Surrey Police have reason to be concerned for her welfare.

“The vehicle is parked at Chesil Beach car park at the moment.

“We were able to see the vehicle had entered the county by camera footage. We are trying to locate her. It might be simply a trip to the beach but we will now conduct a search for the individual and check she is okay.”

The search went on throughout the afternoon with teams looking around the beach, the Fleet in Weymouth and places on Portland including Chiswell Cove. Coastguards were stood down in the afternooon but police investigations went on into the evening.

The woman’s husband travelled to the scene.

She was found just beofre 9pm at the Chesil Beach Car Park, and a spokesman for Dorset Police said: "The missing woman was found safe and well at 8.50pm on Thursday, June 12.

"There was no concern for her safety when she arrived."

Inspector Bob Jacobs of Dorset Police said later in the afternoon: “We know the woman is upset about something and we are liaising with her family in Surrey at the moment.

“Her husband is on the way down to the area. Her vehicle is still parked at Chesil Beach car park and hopefully she will soon return to it soon.”

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: "Surrey Police officers were liaising with colleagues in Dorset Police as part of on-going enquiries to locate a missing woman from the Cranleigh area.

"The woman, who is believed to be in her forties, was reported missing at around 10am yesterday.

"As part of extensive efforts to trace the woman and ensure she is safe and well officers from Surrey Police requested that colleagues from Dorset searched an area of land between Weymouth and Portland."

 

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9:05pm Thu 12 Jun 14

terra firma says...

Big Brother is watching you -

"we were able to see the vehicle had entered the county by camera footage"
Big Brother is watching you - "we were able to see the vehicle had entered the county by camera footage" terra firma
  • Score: 8

10:52pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Witch Hazel says...

Despite what may have happend with" the upset about something" lets hope this lady is found safely soon and that things can be sorted in an amicable way for them all.
Despite what may have happend with" the upset about something" lets hope this lady is found safely soon and that things can be sorted in an amicable way for them all. Witch Hazel
  • Score: 13

12:16am Fri 13 Jun 14

fastjet says...

terra firma wrote:
Big Brother is watching you -

"we were able to see the vehicle had entered the county by camera footage"
Not a bad thing this big brother if it helps to locate people. People who worry about big brother must have things to hide eh !!
[quote][p][bold]terra firma[/bold] wrote: Big Brother is watching you - "we were able to see the vehicle had entered the county by camera footage"[/p][/quote]Not a bad thing this big brother if it helps to locate people. People who worry about big brother must have things to hide eh !! fastjet
  • Score: 3

8:42am Fri 13 Jun 14

Hippyhooker says...

terra firma wrote:
Big Brother is watching you -

"we were able to see the vehicle had entered the county by camera footage"
Would you be whinging if it was a child molester or rapists vehicle that had been spotted by cameras entering the County or would you say money well spent?
[quote][p][bold]terra firma[/bold] wrote: Big Brother is watching you - "we were able to see the vehicle had entered the county by camera footage"[/p][/quote]Would you be whinging if it was a child molester or rapists vehicle that had been spotted by cameras entering the County or would you say money well spent? Hippyhooker
  • Score: 4

9:46am Fri 13 Jun 14

JamesYoung says...

fastjet wrote:
terra firma wrote:
Big Brother is watching you -

"we were able to see the vehicle had entered the county by camera footage"
Not a bad thing this big brother if it helps to locate people. People who worry about big brother must have things to hide eh !!
Agree entirely. Although i don't like the idea of the government keeping tabs on me in this way (because of their propensity to figure out new ways of taxing people) at present i have to say that the only people who have any immediate big brother concerns are those that are up to no good.
[quote][p][bold]fastjet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]terra firma[/bold] wrote: Big Brother is watching you - "we were able to see the vehicle had entered the county by camera footage"[/p][/quote]Not a bad thing this big brother if it helps to locate people. People who worry about big brother must have things to hide eh !![/p][/quote]Agree entirely. Although i don't like the idea of the government keeping tabs on me in this way (because of their propensity to figure out new ways of taxing people) at present i have to say that the only people who have any immediate big brother concerns are those that are up to no good. JamesYoung
  • Score: -2

9:52am Fri 13 Jun 14

gurfy says...

The Echo is always quick to advertise cake sales and provide relevant numbers to a story, however the ball has been dropped here.

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You're welcome Echo.
The Echo is always quick to advertise cake sales and provide relevant numbers to a story, however the ball has been dropped here. Samaritans (U.K) 08457 909090 You're welcome Echo. gurfy
  • Score: 18

4:18pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Bob Goulding says...

I can think of many reasons why someone might choose to distance themselves from stressful situations just to clear their head and give themselves time to reflect. In reality, self harm is rarely on their actual agenda although they might have moments when they feel otherwise.

If I were in her position I couldn't have chosen a better or more therapeutic place to blow away my woes. I wish her and her family well.
I can think of many reasons why someone might choose to distance themselves from stressful situations just to clear their head and give themselves time to reflect. In reality, self harm is rarely on their actual agenda although they might have moments when they feel otherwise. If I were in her position I couldn't have chosen a better or more therapeutic place to blow away my woes. I wish her and her family well. Bob Goulding
  • Score: 7

5:30pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Sidney Hall says...

Some people are over-willing to give up their privacy and liberties these days, they underestimate the value of their freedom. Look at all the crap they will share with Facebook. I recommend speaking to people from countries who have been oppressed by control.
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I hope this woman is in good health ---- and has her *privacy* respected, I'm looking at you James.
Some people are over-willing to give up their privacy and liberties these days, they underestimate the value of their freedom. Look at all the crap they will share with Facebook. I recommend speaking to people from countries who have been oppressed by control. . I hope this woman is in good health ---- and has her *privacy* respected, I'm looking at you James. Sidney Hall
  • Score: 7

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