Youlgreave, day two report and conclusion.

  • Call out for year: 15
  • Date: 30/03/16
  • Time: 9:30 am
  • Grid ref: SK 21 64
  • Type of incident: Non mountain (Police) Search vulnerable person(1)
  • Team members involved: 15
  • Time taken: 8
  • Total man hours: 120

Incident report

Day two of the search for an elderly missing gentleman from Youlgreave.   Youlegreave

Buxton and Derby Mountain Rescue Teams resumed their searching with additional help from Edale M.R.T. and a Search & Rescue Helicopter.

The missing man was named on Derbyshire Constabulary’s web site as Mr Gibbs, white, about 6ft tall, of medium build and with short brown greying hair. He was thought to be wearing a blue sweatshirt and brown cord trousers. Police were also asking people who live in Youlgreave, Alport, Over Haddon, Middleton, Monyash and Stanton-in-the-Peak to check in their gardens or outbuildings.

Following a full day of extensive searching there was still no trace of the vulnerable gentleman and the teams stood down at darkness.

Anyone who sees Mr Gibbs should call Derbyshire police immediately on 101, quoting incident 88 of March 29.

Conclusion: Updated Thursday 31st March.

Derbyshire Constabulary’s web-site reported on Thursday morning that the body of a man, believed to be Michael Gibbs, had been found in the river in Bradford Dale near Youlgreave.  Police officers were called at 7.40 p.m. on Wednesday night by a walker who had seen what she thought was a body in deep water near a dam in the river.

The body was recovered by officers later that evening.  A formal identification has not yet taken place but the search has been called off.

Members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team and all the other rescue volunteers involved in the search send their most sincere condolences to Mr Gibbs’ family.

Photo: BMRT  –  A Bristows’ Search and Rescue Helicopter land for briefing.



  1. Chris Howarth

    Just wanted to say well done for all of your efforts to find this poor chap. I was out walking with friends today in the area and saw you all hard at work. Hopefully he is found safe and well soon.

  2. Team Rambler

    A family member made the following comment on the team’s Facebook page:
    On behalf of the family I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your efforts in looking for Grandad over the last two days. You have been a true testament to professionalism and dedication to your duties in carrying out your duties in the wet and the cold.
    The kindness that has been shown to my family will stay with us for the rest of our lives. I hope and pray now that closure is swift for the family as not knowing the fate of our Grandad / Dad / Father in Law / Popa is far worse than knowing.
    Thank you once again for all you have done.

Leave a comment