Posted: Wed 11th Mar 2015

Update: Police call off search for male seen near the blue bridge Queensferry acting suspiciously.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 11th, 2015

UPDATE: 
The search for a male resumed around the blue bridge area of Queensferry and the river Dee on Wednesday morning.
It followed reports that a man had been seen acting suspiciously on the bridge the previous night sparking a multi agency emergency response however, with no one reported missing and nothing found police soon called the search off.   

A Police spokesman said:

“The search resumed today, but proved negative. We have had no reports of anyone missing. The incident is now closed.”

North Wales Police were alerted on Tuesday evening by a member of the public who was concerned about the behaviour of the man on the blue bridge.

Flint Coastguard received a call at 19:01 on Tuesday evening from Holyhead Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre requesting assistance with the search for a person who it was believed had entered the water.

Flint RNLI volunteers joined with coastguard teams from Flint and Rhyl to search for the male, Flint lifeboat launched from Connahs Quay just after 7pm and proceeded to the Blue Bridge, it continued to search the river for over two hours from the Hawarden rail bridge back to Flint.

Other volunteer lifeboat crew and coastguard teams carried out a walking search along the river bank.

After a thorough search by RNLI lifeboat and coastguard teams the search was called off by Holyhead coastguard just after 9.20pm, the lifeboat was recovered and returned to Flint where it was made ready for further service at 10.30pm.

Alan Forrester volunteer lifeboat operations manager at Flint said

‘the crew were already at the station as we had a visit from Flint Rainbows, so it was a really quick but tricky launch as it was low tide, weather conditions were good, and we were able to make a thorough search, and also able to assist the coastguard with a walking search using the spare crew’

Hawarden police helicopter used infra red imaging equipment to search for signs of the man in the water and surrounding river banks.

A North Wales police spokesperson said:

“A search will be resumed this morning (Wednesday 11th March) If anyone has information  that could assist  please call 101.”

The Incident reference number is S033980.

 

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