09 September 2020 10:44
An 80-year-old man who went missing for more than two days on a walking trip to the Yorkshire Dales has turned up just as his family and police gathered to make a plea for help. Harry Harvey, from Tynemouth, was reported missing on Sunday after he disappeared while out with an organised walking trip in Upper Swaledale on Saturday. Police officers, mountain rescue volunteers and an RAF search and rescue team spent two days looking for Mr Harvey in the area around the famous Tan Hill Inn, which, at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level, is Britain's highest pub. But, yesterday afternoon, he was found by a wildlife photographer who had seen appeals and noticed Mr Harvey waving at her, police said. He was then reunited with his family who had gathered at the pub to make an emotional appeal for help, telling them how he had camped out after getting separated.
North Yorkshire Police said he was safe and well despite turning up with a bandage on his head. Inspector Mark Gee said: "This is fantastic news that Harry has been found safe and well. "Thanks also to the Tan Hill, who looked after the volunteers and Mr Harvey's family." Mr Harvey was reported missing at 1.30pm on Sunday and police said they thought he had probably got lost during the organised trip. Officers said he was an experienced walker who was carrying camping gear, but were very concerned due to his age and the poor weather. Harry, with his head, patched up recalls his adventure FREE now SUBSCRIBE Invalid email Make the most of your money by signing up to our newsletter fornow We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters.
Despite Harry's insistence he was in no danger, Peter Roe from Swaledale Mountain Rescue said they were "not hopeful" of finding him alive. Harry reunited with worried family But they became separated and Harry got lost. He said: "I had three grand days of wild camping. "I saw a helicopter hovering overhead at one stage but I didn't realise they were searching for me." Mr Harvey said he had bought some new boots and now wanted to go out and test them, but son Phil insisted that would not happen. Harry added: "If I had known there had been all this fuss I would have made my own way home.
"I rang my wife when I was found - I didn't give her a chance to get angry with me, I put the phone down before she could be." Naomi said: "He may have had 'three grand days' but for us it has been a nightmare." Dorothy, 78, his wife of 58 years, admitted she had feared the worst and burst into tears when she received the phone call to say he was alive. As time goes on you start thinking the worst. I am euphoric, so happy." Mrs Harvey, who has two children and four grandchildren, said: "He set off with a friend on Friday. On Sunday I got a call from the police to say he had gone missing. Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team in Gunnerside, North Yorkshire "We were ringing and ringing him but couldn't get through because of the bad reception." BREXIT BULLETIN: Sign up for our special edition newsletter with exclusive insight from this week's crunch talks The moment Harry Harvey is reunited with his family. This is the incredible moment a missing 80-year-old hiker turned up at a press conference being held by his worried family. Harry Harvey, from Tynemouth, disappeared during a storm while hiking through the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday afternoon – sparking a large manhunt. The pensioner spent three days camping in the open before being spotted and brought to safety by a wildlife photographer on Tuesday morning. Harvey was then taken to the nearby Tan Hill Inn pub where an appeal was about to be made by his desperate relatives. MUST WATCH: 80-year-old hiker missing for three days turns up at press conference held by desperate family Speaking afterwards, Harvey said: "I had three grand days of wild camping. View photos Harvey had been missing for three days. (Picture: Reach) More Harvey lost his glasses and compass, and even banged his head after falling from a bridge over a stream which he was crossing before being found alive today. He added: 'If I had known there had been all this fuss I would have made my own way home. View photos Harvey went missing near the village of Gunnerside in North Yorkshire. (Picture: Getty) More Phil Harvey said: "We didn't experience it the same way he described it.