Extensive search for missing man, Lynton

An extensive sea and land search is underway in the Lynton area for a missing 51-year-old Guildford man.

Andrew O’Reilly was reported missing yesterday morning [14 August] after failing to return to where he was camping in the town.

Mr O’Reilly checked into the farm campsite on Monday 8 August and has not been seen since. His tent and car are still at the site.

Lynmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and two lifeboats from Ilfracombe RNLI are currently assisting police in the search operation around the coast at Lynmouth, Lynton and Ilfracombe.

The police dog unit and helicopter plus Exmoor and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Teams are also involved in the search operation.

Police are extremely concerned for Mr O’Reilly’s welfare and are asking the public to help locate him by reporting any sightings to them.

He is described as around 5ft 11ins tall, of slim and muscular build, with mousy/grey short hair. He is unshaven and has a small scar above his upper lip.

Mr O’Reilly usually wears glasses and is believed to be wearing navy or black rugby shorts and walking boots.

Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is urged to contact police on 999, quoting log number 290 of 140816.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

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