March 5, 2018
New search of Apex Park lakes in hunt for Burnham-On-Sea's Dean Tate

Police divers carried out a new underwater search of Apex Park's lakes on Sunday (March 4th) as part of the ongoing search for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate.

As pictured here, police divers spent several hours on Sunday afternoon searching the banks and waters of the lakes at Highbridge's Apex Park.

A Police underwater search unit vehicle was parked in Apex Park's main car park for much of the day.

The Police team launched a rigid inflatable boat onto the lakes and then scoured the waters.

40-year-old Dean Tate was last seen at TA8s bar in Pier Street, Burnham-On-Sea at 2am on Saturday, February 24th after earlier visiting the nearby Somerset and Dorset pub.

Signals from his mobile phone were last picked up at around 3am on February 24th and he has not been seen since, which his family says is out of character.

Residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been searching for Mr Tate without success.

Local Police, fire, Coastguard, BARB and RNLI crews have also been involved in a search of Apex Park, local lakes, rivers and the coastline to try and find him.

Detective Sergeant Grant Boyd said: "Dean’s disappearance is out of character and we’re increasingly concerned for his welfare."

Police are still appealing for anyone who has seen him since 2am on Saturday to contact them.

If you see Dean, or have information which could help Burnham-On-Sea Police, call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5218042329.

A huge search operation started on Saturday, February 24th. Crews searched rivers, lakes, beaches and open land around Burnham for any trace of him.

Dean is white, 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build with short dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Police say that he was last seen he was wearing a black short-sleeved T-shirt with badges on the arms, black jeans and black Nike trainers. He also wore a heavy brown leather Superdry jacket.

Detective Sergeant Grant Boyd added: "We strongly urge any members of the public who wish to help, to think of their own personal safety before looking for Dean."

"There are several watercourses in the area and the water at this time of year can be icy cold and very dangerous to even the young and fit. Please don’t put yourself at risk."

The new photos below were released by Police last week in the hope that he would be recognised and found.

If you see Dean, or have information which could help the Police, call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5218042329.

Pictured: Top, Police divers at Apex Park on Sunday; Burnham Coastguards and BARB crews searching river banks; and new photos of Mr Tate (Photos: / David Whatley / Avon and Somerset Police)


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