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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Search continues for man missing in Cumbrian estuary

The search was continuing today for a man who went missing while trying to reach his dog in an estuary.

Ravenglass estuary search photo
The search is contiuning

Related: Man missing in Cumbrian estuary was 'trying to save dog'

Police say they will be scouring the Ravenglass area at low tide for any signs of 76-year-old John Allen, who was last seen entering the estuary at around 9am on Monday.

A shoreline and underwater searches were carried out yesterday.

A major operation – involving 100 people – was launched following the disappearance of Mr Allen, from Preston, including mountain rescue teams, the coastguard, the fire service, Cumbria Nuclear Constabulary, the National Police Service and Cumbria police.

However, this has now been scaled down to just involve police working alongside the coastguard.

Inspector Mark Wear, of Cumbria police, said: “Following enquiries we do not believe Mr Allen was swimming in the estuary but may have been trying to help his dog out of the water. The dog is fine, however Mr Allen has not been seen since.”

Call police on 101.

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