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Missing moment 80-year-old hiker fears that the dead will appear at the press conference


This is the incredible moment when an 80-year-old hiker, feared for dead after being reported missing for three days, was reunited with his tearful family at a press conference to find him.

Retired Harry Harvey, known as a "competent walker", was reported missing in the Gunnerside area of ​​Richmondshire, North Yorkshire at around 1:30 pm on Sunday.

The retired shipyard worker spent three days and three nights outdoors after splitting off from another hiker during a hailstorm, finding he only had 21.05 pounds in his pocket.

When starving, he had to use emergency rations including canned beans, lost his glasses and compass, and even hit his head after falling from a bridge over a creek he was crossing.

Mr. Harvey was then miraculously found alive this morning by a wildlife photographer near Keld – six miles from his loss – and rushed to the Tan Hill Inn pub where a police press conference was being held.

The video shared today by Tan Hill Inn showed Harry stepping out of a Land Rover in the pub parking lot with a bandage over his head and being hugged by his family in an emotional reunion.

More than 60 people were involved in a large search operation involving mountain rescue teams, police helicopters, specialist search dogs and helpers – the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, the Teesdale & Weardale Mountain Rescue Team, north of Tyne Mountain Rescue, the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue , Cleveland Mountain Rescue, RAF Mountain Rescue and Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England.

The video, shared today by the Tan Hill Inn, showed Harry Harvey, 80, stepping out of a Land Rover in the pub parking lot with a bandage over his head and being hugged by his tearful family. More than 60 people were involved in a large search operation involving mountain rescue teams, police helicopters, specialized search dogs and dog handlers

The video shared today by Tan Hill Inn showed 80-year-old Harry Harvey stepping out of a Land Rover in the pub parking lot with a bandage over his head and being hugged by his tearful family. More than 60 people were involved in a large search operation involving mountain rescue teams, police helicopters, specialized search dogs and dog handlers

The video shared today by Tan Hill Inn showed 80-year-old Harry Harvey stepping out of a Land Rover in the pub parking lot with a bandage over his head and being hugged by his tearful family. More than 60 people were involved in a large search operation involving mountain rescue teams, police helicopters, specialized search dogs and dog handlers

Retired Harry Harvey, known as a "competent walker", was reported missing in the Gunnerside area of ​​Richmondshire, North Yorkshire at around 1:30 pm on Sunday. The retired shipyard worker spent three long days outdoors after splitting off from another hiker during a hail storm, finding that he only had 21.05 pounds in his pocket

Retired Harry Harvey, known as a "competent walker", was reported missing in the Gunnerside area of ​​Richmondshire, North Yorkshire at around 1:30 pm on Sunday. The retired shipyard worker spent three long days outdoors after splitting off from another hiker during a hail storm, finding that he only had 21.05 pounds in his pocket

Speaking over a press conference over a blazing fire, Mr Harvey, who worked at a Wallsend shipyard today, said he had spent three great days on the misty moors and insisted he was not in danger.

However, he revealed that he had set out to walk around Swaledale with a friend when they were separated in a severe hailstorm and was forced to use emergency food rations when he was starving.

"I've had three great days of wild camping," he said. “I was never afraid, I had the right kit, the right training and I knew what to do. My biggest problem was that I was only 21.05 pounds and I didn't think that was enough to return home. I saw a helicopter hover over me at one point, but didn't notice they were looking for me. & # 39;

He added, “If I had known there was all this excitement, I would have made my own way home. It's not my scene at all to make a fuss. I wasn't scared, but at one point I used my pipe and no one heard me.

The worst point was when I fell over a bridge over a stream. It was a tree over a stream with a mink trap, I stepped over the trap and went down and hit my head, which I mended myself. I called my wife when I was found – I didn't give her a chance to get mad at me, I hung up the phone before she could be. & # 39;

Peter Roe of the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team said they “didn't hope” to find Mr. Harvey alive, adding, “He got lost in the mist on the moor for a few days and then found his way to the road.

Harry Harvey was reported missing in the Gunnerside area of ​​Richmondshire, North Yorkshire at around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. He was found near Keld this morning and driven straight to the nearby Tan Hill Inn pub

Speaking over a press conference over a blazing fire, Mr Harvey, who worked at a Wallsend shipyard today, said he had spent three great days on the misty moors and insisted he was not in danger. He had walked through Swaledale with a friend, but they were separated in a severe hailstorm

North Yorkshire Police said this morning, “Harry Harvey has been found safe and sound. He was found by a wildlife photographer who had seen our roll call and noticed Harry waving to her from the direction of Keld.

Speaking over a press conference over a blazing fire, Mr Harvey, who worked at a Wallsend shipyard today, said he had spent three great days on the misty moors and insisted he was not in danger. He had walked through Swaledale with a friend, but they were separated in a severe hailstorm

Mountain rescue teams who settled at the Tan Hill Inn worked all night to find Mr. Harvey. Local residents and workers were asked to check sheds and barns after Mr Harvey failed to reach the pub to meet a friend as intended

Mountain rescue teams who settled at the Tan Hill Inn worked all night to find Mr. Harvey. Local residents and workers were asked to check sheds and barns after Mr Harvey failed to reach the pub to meet a friend as intended

Search and rescue teams had been urgently looking for Mr. Harvey after he disappeared while walking on Sunday

Search and rescue teams had started an urgent hunt to find Mr Harvey after he disappeared while walking on Sunday

& # 39; He fell a bit but had done it himself and was absolutely fine. We could have been a few feet from him and we wouldn't have known – he's a really nice guy. & # 39;

North Yorkshire Police Inspector Mark Gee said Mr Harvey was with a group in Tan Hill on Friday night and was separated from the group on Saturday.

Mr. Harvey left looking in good health but had a band-aid on his head. Rescuers heard that he was found minutes before a press conference started when the family was about to ask for help to find him.

It now turns out that he has actually been missing since Saturday, which means that he had survived three days outdoors alone. He was reported missing on Sunday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Sescue team said yesterday, “The team will be looking for Harry in the Tan Hill area again today. Thanks again to the other Mountain Rescue Teams and Mountain Rescue Search Dogs who supported us.

"Big thanks also to the locals who support us with groceries, accommodations and off-road transportation, the Ghyllfoot Tearoom Gunnerside, Tan Hill Inn, Kings Head, Gunnerside and Gunnerside Estate Gamekeepers."

The team says that in order to effectively search the large area with search dogs, they need as little scent as possible in the area, which is why they have not asked for public assistance in the search.

North Yorkshire Police said this morning, “Harry Harvey has been found safe and sound. He was found by a wildlife photographer who had seen our roll call and noticed Harry waving to her from the direction of Keld. & # 39;

Inspector Gee said, “This is fantastic news that Harry has been found safe and sound.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers for their time, as well as rangers, landowners, farmers and local residents for their help and understanding.

"Thanks also to Tan Hill for looking after Mr. Harvey's volunteers and family."

When Harry went missing, he wore a dark jacket and pants, hiking boots, and a large dark backpack with all of his camping and hiking gear.