Search and rescue efforts called off in Ripley after fears person had entered water

A police officer at the bridge across the Wey between Ripley and Send
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A large search and rescue effort in Ripley has been called off after concerns were raised for a woman. The search was launched on Thursday, May 23, at around 7am, and a large emergency service presence was reported on Newark Lane in Ripley.

Search and Rescue teams were looking for a woman in The River Wey, near the weir. She was described as upset by several members of the public.

CCTV imaging showed the woman, who wore a blue hoodie and had ginger hair, walking away from the scene. Police then called off the search, but are still looking for the woman.

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Police have urged the woman to come forward, to confirm her safety. Surrey Police said: “Following a call to a concern for safety at Newark Lane in Ripley yesterday morning (Thursday, 23 May), the river search has been halted after a woman was seen on CCTV walking away from the weir.

“We are still keen to speak to this woman, who was seen by several concerned members of the public yesterday morning. She is described as a White woman in her 20s with ginger hair and was wearing a blue hoodie.

“She was reported that she seemed upset, so we would like to speak to her and check on her welfare. If you were the person at the weir in Ripley yesterday morning, or you know who she is and can help us speak to her, we want to hear from you.

“If you were in the area around Newark Road and Warren Lane between 7am and 8am yesterday morning, or you have any CCTV, dash cam or helmet cam footage that might have captured all or part of this incident, please get please get in touch quoting PR/45240058198.”

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