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Rescue team remembers 'frantic' search for Nathan
2:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A RESCUE team has described the frantic search for a missing teenager in the town.
Cheshire Search and Rescue were called in by police after 18-year-old Nathan Taylor disappeared from a birthday party at the Bridge Bar, Latchford.
Officers needed help from trained staff who knew where to look.
Rachel Smith, CSAR team leader, said: “The area covered and the terrain provided challenges in this search.
“Areas like the Thelwall Eyes, which we've searched on many occasions, can be treacherous.
“The overall search area involved a number of major waterways and streams.
“Searching in winter months brings challenges in terms of the weather and hours of daylight available.
“As with any prolonged search we also needed to manage the team effectively to ensure that however enthusiastic and dedicated they might be, the members get sufficient rest and recovery time in between shifts.
“Searching for young people is challenging in other ways too.
“Many of the team members have children who are a similar age to Nathan and on any search your heart goes out to those affected.”
Twenty two CSAR members, all volunteers, took part in the search for the Padgate teenager in January this year.
Nathan’s age, fitness level, mental state and conditions were assessed before gardens, garages, outbuildings and parks were scoured day and night for five days.
Team members trained in waterway searches used specialist equipment like dry suits, floatation devices and throwlines to hunt banks of the Mersey.
The search ended in tragedy when the Warrington Collegiate student’s body was found in the canal at Latchford Locks on February 1.
Rachel said the team, many of whom have normal nine to five jobs, have to cope with operations that end badly.
“The impact of a missing person on a family is devastating and it's impossible for the team members not to feel any emotion, but we're professional in our approach and know that what we do can make a huge difference,” she said.
Cheshire Search and Rescue - the facts
CSAR is a charity made up entirely of volunteers
It was formed in 2003 following the disappearance of Shafilea Ahmed
Cheshire Police request help from CSAR on operations, with members called out at any time to assist
Anyone can become a member, although careful assessment and training is carried out to decide on suitability
CSAR responds to emergencies across the county
It deals with various terrain including mountains and water
Members can be trained to deal with specific types of searches. Others specialise in first aid or recovery.
Weekly training sessions are carried out to hone skills
CSAR is funded by donations and fundraisers organised by the team
For more go to cheshire-sarteam.org
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