A LARGE and co-ordinated search for a missing man from Santa Pola has had a happy ending.
In one of the biggest operations of its kind seen for some time, a combination of a police helicopter, specialist dog units, local police, Guardia Civil officers, firefighters, civil protection teams and local volunteers joined forces to look for a 71-year-old local man.
Eduardo Ortega, who is suffering ill-health and needs regular medication disappeared in Santa Pola, was finally located safe and well on the Playa Lisa area of the town.
The delay in finding the man wasn’t helped as he had been allegedly spotted in various parts of the town. One said they thought they saw him close to the lighthouse; another said they had seen him 15kms away in Guardamar during the afternoon.
Locals were at first concerned as to what was taking place, particularly when they saw police with dogs and the accompanying noise of the passing helicopter.