River search for missing horse trainer Owen Brennan to continue again today
DIVERS scouring the River Derwent for missing horse trainer Owen Brennan are set to extend their search today after it was called off yesterday due to bad light.
The 78-year-old has not been seen since leaving his home in Wheeldon Avenue, Derby, on December 17 at 4.45pm.
Since then, teams of police officers have carried out an extensive search of the city.
And, yesterday, police divers carried out a co-ordinated search of the River Derwent – together a team of rescue volunteers.
They spent hours out on the water at two locations, before calling off the search.
A Derbyshire police spokeswoman said yesterday was the first day on the river and the divers would be out on the water again today and tomorrow, investigating the river all the way to Trent Lock.
One team of police divers set off on the water at Darley Abbey and another group, from Watersafe UK, left the river bank at Alvaston.
Jim Evans, team leader with Watersafe, said: "We train on the Menai Straits, near Anglesey, so we were used to these conditions, with the water quite choppy. Most of what we were doing was visual scans from the boat, then investigating points of interest.
"The water has been disturbed by the recent flooding and so it was difficult to see much in it."
Watersafe UK is a voluntary search and rescue team. It operates within Derbyshire and the East Midlands but also across the UK and worldwide.
Volunteers work with the emergency services, such as police and firefighters, to search for missing people and carry out water rescues.
Both teams called off the investigation for the day after about four hours of searching in cold and dull conditions.
But the police spokeswoman said officers were continuing to carry out door-to-door investigations.
He is white, 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build, with short brown hair going grey. He was last seen wearing brown denim trousers and a brown jacket with a wool lining and fur collar. There are concerns he could be disorientated – as a stroke in September left him suffering memory loss. Police yesterday located a body in farmland in Chesterfield but said it was not Mr Brennan.
They said the man who had died had been on an organised shoot and it was thought he had suffered a heart attack.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101.