Rescue teams from Oldham and across the region united in a major search for a missing man believed to be vulnerable and at risk.

Late on Thursday, November 16, evening, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team (OMRT) received a request from Greater Manchester Police to assist in the search and rescue of a missing "high-risk" man in the Ogden/Piethorne Valley, near Newhey.

Due to the size and topography of the area, the Oldham crew called on its neighbouring team, Calder Valley Search and Rescue (CVSRT), as well as three search dogs from Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England, to help with the mission.

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The teams searched throughout the night in extremely poor conditions with visibility "next to zero" for much of the time, according to OMRT.

The search stood down at 6.30am and they did not find the missing man.

The Oldham Times: Almost 20 volunteers from OMRT and several others from nearby teams helped with the searchAlmost 20 volunteers from OMRT and several others from nearby teams helped with the search (Image: OMRT)

Many of the searchers, who are volunteers, managed to grab a few hours of sleep before heading out to their day jobs.

Fortunately, OMRT then received an update from GMP that the man had been found safe and well.

The rescue mission saw 18 OMRT personnel, eight CVSRT, and three dogs and their handlers involved in the eight-hour-long search overnight.  

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