Lifeboat search for missing teenager

TWO lifeboat crews were called out this morning to search for a teenager reported missing from Shotley Gate.The youth was last seen down by the shoreline in the early hours and fears were expressed for his safety.

TWO lifeboat crews were called out this morning to search for a teenager reported missing from Shotley Gate.

The youth was last seen down by the shoreline in the early hours and fears were expressed for his safety.

The Harwich-based RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out at 5.30am and after making an initial search of the river area around Shotley, the all-weather lifeboat was also launched at 7.25am to join the hunt, both crews liaising with people searching on shore.

Keith Churchman, press officer for the RNLI at Harwich, said: “Police alerted us because people feared the youth had gone into the water.

“We carried on searching until he was found, safe and well, in a garden at Shotley, around 8.45am.”