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Concern grows for Kendal man missing on Greek island
12:01pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
CONCERN is growing for a retired Kendal man who went missing on the Greek island of Antipaxos four days ago.
Roger Bainbridge, 67, was visiting his sister Maggie Cooper who lives on the neighbouring island of Paxos, at the time of his disappearance on Thursday.
The retired electricity board worker was seen off by his sister on a boat trip to the tiny island of Antipaxos, which has a population of less than 100.
He was due to return to Paxos for a barbecue at 8pm but did not turn up and there have been no sightings of him since.
Roger’s son Iain, of Scott Bainbridge Sales & Lettings, Kendal, said the family were ‘shocked and perplexed’ at his disappearance.
“We know he must still be on the island because police have spoken to the ferryman and he definitely wasn’t on the last boat back at 5pm.
“I just don’t understand it and I can’t see any explanation at all - if he had been attacked or something there would be some kind of evidence but there’s nothing at all.
“The more time goes on you just start to assume the worst.”
A search has been mounted by local police officers, assisted by volunteers from the island as there are just two police officers in Paxos.
The last sighting of Roger was at 3pm, when he was spotted by two walkers, but his family have no idea what happened between 3pm and 5pm, when Iain says he 'would have been trying to get back to the ferry.'
"He is a keen swimmer but we don't think he would have gone in the sea by himself - he's a very cautious man."
The family are now trying to get a helicopter with thermal imaging to search the island - which is just two miles across.
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