Amazing moment hiker, 80, who went missing shows up at press conference

A hiker who was feared dead after missing for four days has been filmed reuniting with his family at a press conference held to find him.

Harry Harvey, 80, was on an organised walking and camping tour and became separated around the area between Gunnerside Gill and Tan Hill in Swaledale, Yorkshire on Saturday (September 5).

A large search operation, which included help from the Royal Air Force and National Police Air Service, was launched to look for the 80-year-old "experienced hiker".

The pensioner, from Tynemouth, spent three days and nights in the wilderness and lost his glasses and compass. He even banged his head after falling off a bridge over a stream he was crossing.

Luckily he was found by a wildlife photographer who spotted him waving at her, six miles from where he was first reported missing.

He was quickly rushed to Tan Hill Inn, where a police press conference was being held, and footage then captured him finally seeing his family again.

Harry steps out of a Land Rover at the car park and greets some of the volunteers before hugging his tearful family.

He told the press at the meeting: "I had three grand days of wild camping. I never felt scared, I had all the right kit, all the right training and I knew what to do.

"My biggest problem was I only had £21.05 and I didn't think that was enough to get back home. I saw a helicopter hovering overhead at one stage but I didn't realise they were searching for me.

"The worst point was when I fell crossing a bridge over a stream. It was a tree across a stream with a mink trap on it, I stepped over the trap and went down and banged my head, which I patched up myself.

"I rang my wife when I was found – I didn't give her a chance to get angry with me, I put the phone down before she could be."

North Yorkshire Police said this morning: "Harry Harvey has been found safe and well. He was found by a wildlife photographer who had seen our appeal and noticed Harry waving at her from the direction of Keld."

Inspector Mark Gee of North Yorkshire Police added: "This is fantastic news that Harry has been found safe and well.

"I want to thank all the search volunteers for their time, as well as gamekeepers, estate owners, farmers and local residents for their help and understanding.

"Thanks also to the Tan Hill, who looked after the volunteers and Mr Harvey's family."

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