RAF Sgt and Search Dog Find Missing Man

09 March 2016

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Mark Procter, aged 55, went missing from his home in Wallingford over two weeks ago but was found this week by specialist volunteer dog handler Sgt Gaz Elliott and Search Dog, Beau.

Sgt Gaz Elliott and Search Dog, Beau

Beau is a four year old Springer Spaniel and Gaz and Beau are members of the Lowland Rescue Team.

Like all Lowland Rescue search dogs, Beau is also a family pet, trained by his owners over the course of several years to national standards. Gaz recently left Initial Force Protection Training at RAF Halton and was about to join the Military Search School at Bicester, when he was asked to participate in the search for Mr Procter. After the rescue Gaz said: “Seeing the missing person re-united, safe and well is what we do the job for.”

Search Dog Beau

Gaz and wife and fellow team member, Sqn Ldr Ali Sandeman, Defence Centre of Training Support, RAF Halton, have had Beau for four years and have trained him themselves to The Association of Lowland Search and Rescue (ALSAR) national search standards.

Search Dog BeauThe Lowland Search and Rescue Team would like to say a huge thank you to all of their supporters and donors who keep our team delivering life-saving results like this.

Editor: Jane Reilly

Photographs:

Sgt Gaz Elliott and Search Dog Beau.

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