The rescue team also treated an injured cyclist while on their way to the search. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

The rescue team also treated an injured cyclist while on their way to the search. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

A rescue team spent a second day searching for a missing West Yorkshire man, with the operation lasting almost to midnight.

Members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team had stood down in the early hours of Sunday after an unsuccessful hunt for Halifax man Granville Muir.

Police requested the team’s help again later on Sunday after a possible sighting of the 75-year-old, with 20 of the team’s volunteers being joined by two search dogs and handlers from outside the area.

Tim Ingram of the team said: “Team members were tasked with searching densely overgrown woodland and walking routes the missing man was known to use regular.

“Midway through the afternoon, the team received information of a possible sighting outside the search zone but within an area with significance to the missing gentleman. One member was already in that location and four more members deployed to follow up the lead.”

Missing Halifax man Granville Muir

Missing Halifax man Granville Muir

While en route, rescuers in one of the team’s vehicles noticed a young cyclist lying on the ground at the side of the road following a collision with a wall.

Mr Ingram said: “Team members promptly stopped to provide medical assistance until the Yorkshire Ambulance Service crew arrived and then assisted with loading the casualty into the ambulance for further treatment.

“Unfortunately the possible sighting of the missing gentleman in Greetland wasn’t him, so team members returned to continue the search at the original location in Halifax.”

The search team volunteers stood down at 11.15pm without finding the missing man. Police are continuing their enquiries, Mr Ingram said, and added: “CVSRT would like to thank Kinder MRT and Swaledale MRT for providing a search dog and handler from each to assist with the search.”

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