Missing Exmouth man found safe and well

PUBLISHED: 09:59 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 10 June 2010

A 37-year-old Exmouth man who went missing on Monday, sparking a police and helicopter search, has been found safe and well.

A 37-year-old Exmouth man who went missing on Monday, sparking a police and helicopter search, has been found safe and well.

Concerns were raised for the welfare of Darren Healey after he was reported missing at 5am on Monday.

The police said he was in a 'vulnerable' state and immediately launched a search for him in the Exmouth area.

He was found asleep by police in the Strand Garden shelter at 8pm on Monday night.

The police took him to a place of safety, where he is being looked after.

By lunchtime on Monday a full-scale search and rescue mission was underway to pinpoint Mr Healey's whereabouts.

Police, Exmouth coastguards, the Portland coastguard helicopter and Dartmoor Search and Rescue were all tasked to look for the missing man.

The teams spent most of the afternoon searching an area of Woodbury Common after data from the Knowle mobile phone mast showed Mr Healey had last made a call from the common area.

Later police divers joined the teams and began searching the pools at Squabmoor Reservoir after a local fisherman revealed Mr Healey was a frequent visitor to the area and was often seen sitting and 'collecting his thoughts'.

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