The team were called out at 16:59 this evening by North Yorkshire Police to search for a gentleman missing from Scarborough Hospital Accident and Emergency department.  We were tasked to search the open areas, woodland and around public buildings in an area bound by a half kilometre radius centred on Scarborough Hospital.  Our colleagues from the Scarborough and Burniston Coastguard had previously searched similar area running towards the sea.

We cleared our area by 20:54 and were stood down.  Twenty five team members attended.

Police investigations are continuing, an extract from the North Yorkshire Police website is below:

Police are urgently appealing to the public to help locate a missing man.

Stephen Moffatt

Stephen Moffatt, 43, from York was last seen at around 6pm on Thursday 1 March 2012, at Scarborough District Hospital where he was awaiting treatment for a head injury after falling off his bike.

Police are concerned for Stephen’s welfare as he was awaiting treatment in Accident and Emergency Unit at the hospital and the extent of his injuries are unknown.

Stephen is white, 5ft 8in tall with a slim build and shoulder-length dark curly hair. Two of his front teeth are missing. When he was last seen Stephen was wearing a cream sweatshirt with ‘Lee Cooper’ written on the front, blue jeans, a navy blue three quarter length coat, a grey felt hat with a black band and white Adidas trainers.

Police officers have carried out a search of the local area in Scarborough. However, Mr Moffatt is still missing.

PC Adam Fenwick, of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Although Stephen was last seen in Scarborough, we do not know if he has made his way back to his home in York or has travelled elsewhere.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen Stephen since he went missing to get in touch with North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency.

“Stephen, if you see or hear this appeal, I am asking you to make contact with your family and friends or the police straight away. We simply want to make sure that you are safe.”

Anyone who can help to locate Stephen Moffatt is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, press option 1 and pass the information to a control room operator.