AROUND 15 police officers were deployed to a Powys village on Thursday following reports of a missing man.

Multiple emergency services were believed to be involved in the search for the man, who was feared to have entered the River Wye at Erwood, near Builth Wells. He was eventually found safe and well.

Dyfed Powys Police confirmed that the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, as well as a dog unit and regular units were deployed to the scene, after receiving a missing persons call at around 1pm.

In all, police confirmed around 15 officers responded.


“There was a search for a missing person in the Erwood area. He was found safe and well,” said a force spokesperson.

“He was reported missing at just after 1pm on Thursday, May 9. A NPAS helicopter, dog unit and regular units were deployed – around 15 officers and staff in total.

“He was found safe at 4.20pm after a passer-by pointed out they had seen him in a nearby field.”

Firefighters were also believed to have attended, as well as mountain rescue, as there were fears the man had entered the River Wye.