Froghall, Staffordshire

  • Call out for year: 20
  • Date: 27/03/10
  • Time: 8:00 am
  • Grid ref: SK 024 477
  • Type of incident: Non mountain (Police) Search vulnerable person (fatal)(1)
  • Team members involved: 30
  • Time taken: 9 hours
  • Total man hours: 270

Incident report

A full team call-out for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team with support from Kinder Mountain Rescue Team plus three Peak District search dog units.

Staffordshire police asked for the assistance of mountain rescue in searching a large area of wooded land close to the canal basin of Froghall, near Leek. This was an attempt to locate any traces of a man who had been missing for 12 months.  The man, who was known to be depressed and had previously attempted suicide, went missing from his home address in March 2009. Despite many searches and enquiries by the police nothing had yet been found. The area around Froghall was thought to be one of his favorite places and it was therefore a possibility that he may have visited the area with the intention of self-harm.

The area is intensively wooded with considerable undergrowth and bracken. This makes any searching activity very difficult and time consuming.  Thirty mountain rescue personnel, three search-trained dogs and two specially trained cadaver dogs from West Midlands Police combed the area for nine hours. Nothing was found.  Police enquires will continue.

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