Large-scale search for missing woman on River Lune in Lancaster

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A major search operation for a missing woman is under way on the River Lune in Lancaster tonight.

Liverpool Coastguard confirmed they were coordinating a search along the river between Lancaster and Snatchems.

The woman, in her forties, was reported missing at around 7pm.

A spokesman for Liverpool Coastguard said it was not clear whether she had entered the river, but that was where the search was focused.

Knott-End Coastguard, the Morecambe RNLI hovercraft, firefighters and police are all at the scene.

A helicopter was also brought in but was later forced to return to base because of low cloud.

A Major Incident Vehicle has also been spotted in the area.

Eyewitnesses reported a large amount of emergency service vehicles near the river.

The helicopter was seen circling above Skerton Bridge.

Claire Dean said: “I saw the hovercraft come under Greyhound Bridge, up a little way, then it turned on the stones and went back.”

At 11.55pm, Liverpool Coastguard said the operation was continuing as a ground search.