Missing Bolton-le-Sands woman, 71, found 'safe and well' after search and rescue operation

A missing woman from Bolton-le-Sands was found "safe and well" following a successful search and rescue operation.

Thursday, 7th October 2021, 8:33 am

Margaret Bannister was reported missing from her home in Bolton-le-Sands on Tuesday afternoon (October 5).

Police said they were growing "increasingly concerned" for the 71-year-old and launched an urgent appeal to find her.

A search and rescue operation was launched alongside the mountain rescue team, the police dog unit, the fire service urban search and rescue unit, and officers from both Lancaster and Morecambe police.

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The search went on throughout the night and into Monday morning, with police confirming Margaret was located after being spotted by a member of the public.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "Even after a good number of years in the police there are some incidents that just make you stand in awe of what our communities and emergency services can achieve.

"A successful missing person search over the last twenty-four hours was one such case.

"It was simply fantastic to see full-time, part-time and voluntary emergency responders from across the North of England welcomed by, and working with, an active local community to find and take care of a vulnerable person."

Margaret Bannister (pictured) was found "safe and well" following a search and rescue operation. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

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