Police search for missing Crewkerne man
EMERGENCY services were called out to three separate reports of missing people in the area within 24 hours.
Police, coastguards from West Bay and Lyme Regis, and Lyme Regis lifeboat crew were called out for the three incidents on Tuesday, May 8 with one search still continuing for “vulnerable” Crewkerne man Kevin Norminton.
The first callout cam at 1.57am on Tuesday, following reports of a missing 45-year-old woman who had been camping in Seaton and was last seen heading up the cliff path toward Thorncombe Beacon.
Coastguards from West Bay and Lyme Regis were called to the area to assist police with a missing person search. Lyme Regis lifeboat crew was also called out at 2.15am to conduct a shoreline search. Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175 based at Solent was also scrambled and the duty Senior Coastal Operations Officer (SCOO) was tasked to assist.
With dawn breaking, nothing had been found and all resources were stood down pending further enquiries.
A second report of a missing person in the West Bay area came ay 4.38pm on Tuesday, when again coastguards from West Bay and Lyme Regis assisted with the search, as well as the NPAS (police) helicopter.
As the initial search was taking place, the helicopter was making sweeps of the wider area and spotted the casualty near the cliff edge on West Cliff opposite the Highlands End holiday park.
The coastguard teams were immediately deployed to the area and the ambulance service was notified. Once on scene, the casualty was treated by paramedics away from the cliff edge and coastguard officers secured a landing site for an inbound air ambulance. The casualty was transferred to hospital by air for onward care and treatment.
Just as the air ambulance was leaving the area, the coastguard teams were re-tasked to a separate incident that was developing back in West Bay at 7.22pm.
Police requested further assistance with another missing person – Kevin Norminton, aged 43, or Crewkerne – who had not been seen since that morning. His silver Ford Focus had been located in a West Bay car park.
As the Lyme Regis team were in a better state of readiness, they were immediately deployed to the incident followed shortly by the West Bay officers. Further backup was requested and the Wyke Regis Coastguard Rescue Team, DORSAR (Dorset search and rescue), Lyme Regis lifeboat crew and coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were all sent to the area.
Extensive searches of the area were made well into the early hours of the morning with nothing found.
Emergency services were stood down until the next morning, with coastguards called out at 9.16am on Wednesday, May 9 to continue the search.
After liaising with police and assessing the previous evening’s search efforts and amount of ground covered, all search teams were later stood down pending further police enquiries.
Kevin is white, six feet tall, of stocky build and with short grey hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and brown trainers. It is not known what top he was wearing.
Chief Inspector Rob Chalkley, of Dorset Police, said: “We believe Kevin has been very upset recently and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.
“We are focusing our searches for Kevin on the coastline around West Bay, so the public can expect to see a continued police presence in the area today.
“Colleagues from the coastguard, NPAS helicopter and volunteers from Dorset Search and Rescue continue to assist the operation, which has been ongoing since yesterday afternoon.
“I urge the public to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you see anyone matching Kevin’s description.
“I am also appealing directly to Kevin to contact us, your family are very worried and want to know that you are safe and well.”
Anyone with information or knowledge as to Kevin’s whereabouts is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting incident number 8:342. https://goo.gl/bGgQAq
UPDATE: A body was found in the search for Kevin Norminton on the evening on Thursday, May 10.