Louth volunteers praised for locating missing Croft dementia sufferer who walked to Gunby in slippers

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An elderly dementia sufferer who went missing from Croft was rescued in the early hours of this morning after walking to Gunby in his slippers.

Louth Search and Rescue’s voluntary members have been praised by Lincolnshire Police for their vital work tracing 73-year-old Anthony Bonnet, who left his home in a ‘confused state’ at around 1am.

Shortly before his rescue, a police spokesperson put out an ‘urgent appeal’.

“Lincolnshire Police with the Assistance of Humberside Air Support and Louth Search and Rescue are currently searching for a 73-year-old male who went missing from the village of Croft near Skegness at 0100 hours,” they said.

“There are concerns for the male, named Anthony Bonnet, because he suffers from dementia, is vulnerable and is believed to have left the address in a confused state.”

Mr Bonnet, who was described as ‘very frail’ was believed to have headed in the direction of Boston, but was found more than four hours later near Gunby, having walked there in his slippers.

Police spokesperson Nerys McGarry tweeted: “Excellent team work through the night as police and Louth Search Dogs locate vulnerable 73 year-old man who went missing from Croft,”