An 80-year-old man who went missing for three days on a walking trip turned up just as his family and police gathered to make a plea for help.
Harry Harvey, from Tynemouth, was reported missing on Sunday after he disappeared while out with a organised walking trip in Upper Swaledale, the Yorkshire Dales, on Saturday.
Police officers, mountain rescue volunteers and an RAF search and rescue team spent two days looking for Mr Harvey in the area around the famous Tan Hill Inn, which, at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level, is Britain’s highest pub.
But, at lunchtime on Tuesday, he was found by a wildlife photographer who had seen appeals and noticed Mr Harvey waving at her from the direction of Keld, police said.
Mountain rescue workers then drove him to the pub, where he was reunited with his family who had gathered to make an emotional media appeal for help.
Mr Harvey thanked the rescue team, saying he “did not realise there were so many people” looking for him.
He told LBC he was “separated by getting caught in a really heavy hail storm, howling gale winds, and by the time I got my kit on it was getting really dark.
“I had plan b straight away: find somewhere safe to camp, put my tent up, get sorted out and keep warm.”
“I had three good nights wild camping,” he joked, “I was never worried, I had all the kit and all the training.”
But his family described the last few days as a “nightmare” and said they had experienced “torture” as they worried about him.
North Yorkshire Police said he was safe and well despite turning up with a bandage on his head.
Inspector Mark Gee, said; “This is fantastic news that Harry has been found safe and well.
“I want to thank all the search volunteers for their time, as well as gamekeepers, estate owners, farmers and local residents for their help and understanding.
“Thanks also to the Tan Hill, who looked after the volunteers and Mr Harvey’s family”.
Mr Harvey was reported missing at 1.30pm on Sunday and police said they thought he had probably got lost during the organised trip.
Officers said he was an experienced walker who was carrying camping gear, but were very concerned due to his age and the poor weather.