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29/11/2010 – SES Volunteers find missing man

An 86-year-old-man who went missing from his Wilson home yesterday has been found safe and well.  Police and state emergency service volunteers searched both sides of Canning River near Shelley Bridge for Charles McDonald, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, after he was reported missing by his daughter after she went to visit him around 8am on Sunday morning.  SES Volunteers from a number of Metropolitan SES Units were in volved in the search operation.

Mr McDonald was found just after 6pm yesterday near the Burswood golf course and was seen by paramedics but was in good health.  The elderly man and his dog were found by a bicycle mounted search team from Bayswater SES Unit.

Bayswater SES Bike Team is used for fast deployment particularly in searches, but have been used in other capacities. Members of the team are dedicated to bike riding and exercise regularly. They have been used in a number of high profile searches.   

The SES is often called upon to assist the Police in searches for missing persons or evidence of crimes. When people go missing, the Police often request the SES to provide teams of volunteers to assist in conducting a search. Volunteers are given special training to assist them in safely conducting such searches.  In addition to searches for lost or missing people, the Police sometimes ask for the SES to assist with searches for evidence of crimes. SES volunteers receive specialised search training.


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