Devon

Man with Alzheimer's found after search in Devon

An elderly man is being treated in hospital in Devon for hypothermia after being found in sub-zero temperatures by coastguard rescue teams.

The 88-year-old, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, went missing from his home at Bishopsteignton on Monday.

Five hours after the search began, faint sounds were heard coming from undergrowth near a railway line and trees and a fence were cut to find him.

A Brixham Coastguard spokesman described him as a "lucky, lucky man".

"He was found less than half a mile from his home, but at 88 years old and with temperatures of -7.5C, he was extremely lucky," the spokesman told BBC News.

Coastguard rescue teams from Teignmouth and Torbay, the RNLI Teignmouth inshore lifeboat and police were involved in the search.

The man, who has not been identified, was taken to Torbay Hospital.

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