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Alan McLean disappearance sparks major search

Alan McLean
Image caption A major land, sea and air search has been launched in North Yorkshire in an effort to find Mr McLean

A 61-year-old man who went missing in North Yorkshire at the weekend has sparked a major search by police, the RAF and the Humber Coastguard.

Alan McLean, who is believed to be from West Yorkshire, has not been seen since 11:15 GMT on Sunday when he left his hotel in Robin Hood's Bay.

He is described as 5ft 4in tall with grey hair. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans.

Humber Coastguard said it was focusing on coastal paths on The Cleveland Way.

'Very low temperatures'

North Yorkshire Police and a Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield have joined the search for Mr McLean, alongside the Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar Coastguard Rescue teams and Scarborough Mountain Rescue Team.

Mike Puplett, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said he was very concerned for Mr McLean's safety.

"Temperatures fell very low last night so it is important we locate this gentleman as soon as possible," he said.

North Yorkshire Police said Mr McLean's disappearance was out of character.

While it is known that he has health issues he is not believed to be carrying his essential medication, police added.

Anyone who sees someone fitting Mr McLean's description is asked to contact police immediately.

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