A large-scale search is currently underway in Swanage for a missing solo cliff climber.
At 12.24am today, Wednesday 15 June 2016, Dorset Police received a concern for welfare call about a 26-year-old man Liam Day from Southampton who had failed to return home as expected following a climbing trip to the Swanage area.
Dorset Police, assisted by HM Coastguard and Dorset Search and Rescue Service, has been searching the coastline at Swanage throughout the night but the man has not been located. Searches are continuing.
Liam’s car was located in Durlston Road near Durlston Country Park and some climbing equipment has been found one mile west of Anvil Point. His family have been informed.
Liam is described as white, five feet nine inches tall, of slim build, with ginger hair and blue eyes.
Chief Inspector Bob Acaster, of Dorset Police, said: “The man told his partner he was going climbing for the day but he failed to return home as normal. Every indication is that he did indeed go climbing on his own and we are very concerned that he may have come to some harm.
“It is possible that he may have gone deep water climbing which typically involves using a rope to lower down the cliff and then climbing back up unsupported.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the Swanage area yesterday and saw a man climbing the cliffs or in the Durlston Road area to please contact Dorset Police”.
His long term Partner Emily Brown Priased the Rescue services for their efforts and for people who have shared the appeal to find missing Liam. She said “I’m on the way back to Southampton with my car and Liams things. Thanks for all your kind words and for sharing the information about Liam. The coastguard are still searching for him tonight, however it seems likely now that he will not return.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 15:04.