A MISSING Whitby woman was found by the banks of the River Esk on Wednesday (31 August) after suffering from a suspected overdose.
Susan Wright (43), of Sycamore Court, was discovered beneath the Ruswarp viaduct after a search lasting more than 24 hours, which included the use of a police helicopter.
Miss Wright had been missing from her home since 11am on Tuesday (30 August) but was found in a heavily-wooded area on the river bank under Larpool Viaduct at around 2.30pm.
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “We found her and she’s now in Scarborough General Hospital in a stable condition, which is a good result for everybody involved.”
Miss Wright was stabilised by paramedics before being transferred to Whitby’s inshore lifeboat, as there was no way to get her to safety by land due to the inaccessible nature of the area where she was found.
The RNLI lifeboat returned to the boathouse to await an ambulance, which caused a stir when it arrived as it travelled down a busy Sandgate.
The casualty was then transferred to Scarborough Hospital by ambulance.
Police had believed Miss Wright to be in the Ruswarp area and had concentrated their search in that area.
Ruswarp residents had been left so concerned about what was occurring due to the large scale nature of the search that children at a local nursery were kept indoors and social networking sites were filled with speculation.