Update: Large scale search for woman in dressing gown called off after she contacted the police through Twitter

A large scale multi-agency search has been called off after a woman who was seen running across the road got in touch with police on Twitter.

A public appeal was circulated this morning after police received reports from concerned members of the public who witnessed a woman running across a main road in her dressing gown towards a beach near Aldingham.

As a result, police officers including dog handlers, coast guard, Bay Search and Rescue, air support, and mountain rescue were deployed to search the area to locate the woman and check on her welfare.

After circulating the appeal, a woman from Aldingham contacted the Inspector leading the search, Kevin Spedding via his Twitter account @KevinSpedding and also contacted Cumbria Constabulary’s Twitter page, @Cumbriapolice, to inform officers that the woman in question was her. She had rushed across the road in order to take a photograph.

Inspector Kevin Spedding said: “Thankfully, the woman we were looking for was safe and well and made contact with us to let us know the circumstances of this morning’s sighting.

“There was a perfectly innocent explanation for her actions this morning however we are grateful to the members of the public who alerted us to their concerns.

“We would much rather be called out to a false alarm than have people be afraid to contact us with any concerns - as we could miss an opportunity to help.

“This incident also shows how effective social networking can be. We were instantly able to communicate with a wide section of the local community who follow us on Facebook and Twitter. I’d urge everyone to follow Cumbria police, @Cumbriapolice and the local community should follow me on Twitter @KevinSpedding, so that they can get instant information about police activity in their area, wherever they may be.”

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11:53am Thu 7 Feb 13

zaney5 says...

As a result, police officers including dog handlers, coast guard, Bay Search and Rescue, air support, and mountain rescue were deployed to search the area to locate the woman and check on her welfare.

For crying out loud, all this cos some woman was taking a photo in her dressing gown!
As a result, police officers including dog handlers, coast guard, Bay Search and Rescue, air support, and mountain rescue were deployed to search the area to locate the woman and check on her welfare. For crying out loud, all this cos some woman was taking a photo in her dressing gown! zaney5
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12:33pm Thu 7 Feb 13

life cycle too says...

zaney5 wrote:
As a result, police officers including dog handlers, coast guard, Bay Search and Rescue, air support, and mountain rescue were deployed to search the area to locate the woman and check on her welfare.

For crying out loud, all this cos some woman was taking a photo in her dressing gown!
Hindsight is wonderful.

They know that now, but it is not what was reported.
[quote][p][bold]zaney5[/bold] wrote: As a result, police officers including dog handlers, coast guard, Bay Search and Rescue, air support, and mountain rescue were deployed to search the area to locate the woman and check on her welfare. For crying out loud, all this cos some woman was taking a photo in her dressing gown![/p][/quote]Hindsight is wonderful. They know that now, but it is not what was reported. life cycle too
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12:44pm Thu 7 Feb 13

worldsgonemad says...

A woman in a dressing gown running towards water was reported, if the police hadn't responded as they did and they'd dragged a body out of the sea the next day they would have been totally slated. The woman got in touch, all is well.
A woman in a dressing gown running towards water was reported, if the police hadn't responded as they did and they'd dragged a body out of the sea the next day they would have been totally slated. The woman got in touch, all is well. worldsgonemad
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1:25pm Thu 7 Feb 13

zaney5 says...

Yes but why ALL those people?
Yes but why ALL those people? zaney5
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6:22pm Thu 7 Feb 13

blade stall says...

Ridiculous waste of resources. Sick to death of all this multi agency rubbish.
Ridiculous waste of resources. Sick to death of all this multi agency rubbish. blade stall
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10:15am Fri 8 Feb 13

life cycle too says...

I think the fact that if she HAD gone into the sea. she could have ended up anywhere in a large area of shoreline, sand banks or channels was the reason for the numbers, and different agencies.

The Bay Search and Rescue team seemed to find it a valuable exercise for them in getting the team members out and ready.

They seem to be called upon for all manner of issues now - their recent efforts included freeing motorists caught in snow on Lindale Hill.
I think the fact that if she HAD gone into the sea. she could have ended up anywhere in a large area of shoreline, sand banks or channels was the reason for the numbers, and different agencies. The Bay Search and Rescue team seemed to find it a valuable exercise for them in getting the team members out and ready. They seem to be called upon for all manner of issues now - their recent efforts included freeing motorists caught in snow on Lindale Hill. life cycle too
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3:05pm Fri 8 Feb 13

hogheaven says...

I agree with Zaney5 too many resources were used initially but its good to know that we have them available when they are needed
I agree with Zaney5 too many resources were used initially but its good to know that we have them available when they are needed hogheaven
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