Missing Lancaster woman turns up at Morecambe house after large-scale search on River Lune

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A missing Lancaster woman who sparked a major search in the city turned up safe at a house in Morecambe hours later.

Liverpool Coastguard started coordinating a search along the River Lune between Lancaster and Snatchems last night (Sunday).

The 48-year-old was reported missing at around 7.15pm, triggering a large-scale response from the emergency services.

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

Knott-End Coastguard, the Morecambe RNLI hovercraft, firefighters and police were sent to the scene along with a police helicopter, which was later forced to return to base because of low cloud.

The woman was eventually found at an address at around 1am and all teams were stood down, Liverpool Coastguard said.

Eyewitnesses reported a large amount of emergency service vehicles along the river throughout the evening.

Lancashire Police said in a statement: “At 7.15pm on Sunday, 5 January, a 48-year-old woman was reported as missing from her home in Lancaster.

“Coastguard, RNLI, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, as well as police, were involved in searching the River Lune as part of the search for the missing woman.

“As a result of further enquiries, she was found just before 1am on Monday, 6 January at an address in Morecambe.”