Missing hiker, 80, turns up safe and sound at press conference held to find him

An 80-year-old hiker who went missing for three days during a storm has delighted his family by turning up at a press conference held to try and find him.

His family feared Harry Harvey was dead after he disappeared while hiking through the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday afternoon.

The OAP spent three days and three nights camping in the open before being spotted and brought to safety by a wildlife photographer this morning.

Harry was rushed to a nearby pub where a police press conference was about to start, during which his devastated family were due to issue an appeal for help finding him.

More than 60 people had been involved in a enormous search operation involving mountain rescue teams, a police helicopter and search dogs.

Footage shot and shared by a worker at the Tan Hill Inn, one of the most remote pubs in Britain, shows Harry embracing his loved ones in an emotional reunion.


Speaking afterwards, he said: ‘I had three grand days of wild camping.

‘I never felt scared, I had all the right kit, all the right training and I knew what to do.

‘My biggest problem was I only had £21.05 and I didn’t think that was enough to get back home.

‘I saw a helicopter hovering overhead at one stage but I didn’t realise they were searching for me.”

He added: ‘If I had known there had been all this fuss I would have made my own way home. It is not my scene at all to have a fuss.

‘I wasn’t frightened but at one point I used my whistle but no one heard me.

‘The worst point was when I fell crossing a bridge over a stream.

‘It was a tree across a stream with a mink trap on it, I stepped over the trap and went down and banged my head, which I patched up myself.

‘I rang my wife when I was found. I didn’t give her chance to get angry with me, I put the phone down before she could be.’

Harry, who’s from Tynemouth, was still sporting a bandage around his head as he spoke.

The retired shipyard worker was separated from a fellow walker during a hailstorm in the Gunnerside area of Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, on Sunday.

He 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.

A Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team spokesman said: ‘Great news Harry Harvey has been found safe and well.

‘Over 100 mountain rescue members have been involved in the successful search over the last three days.

‘Thanks also for the substantial support offered by local people.’

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