Thursday, July 10 - Exmouth coastguards search swollen River Exe for missing person

PUBLISHED: 18:19 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH coastguards were tasked to search the River Exe at Tiverton on Wednesday evening following reports of a collie dog barking and possible cries for help.

EXMOUTH coastguards were tasked to search the River Exe at Tiverton on Wednesday evening following reports of a collie dog barking and possible cries for help.

The police, fire service and the coastguard helicopter from Portland carried out a thorough search of the swollen river area after a member of the public reported a loose dog on the river bank.

The police said nothing was found and no one was reported missing.

A brown and white collie dog was seen running from the area opposite Walronds at around 5pm and a witness reported hearing shouting shortly before the animal was spotted - sparking the search.

Exmouth coastguards left Tiverton at around 8.30pm when police called off the search when the light faded.

Officers are appealing for anyone who knows the owner of the dog, thought to live locally, to get in touch and confirm the owner is safe.

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