Missing man’s wife’s tribute to rescuers

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A 61-YEAR-OLD man with dementia nearly lost his life after he became disorientated in sub-zero temperatures, it was revealed today

Alexander Stewart was last seen at his home in Inchview Crescent, Wallyford, East Lothian, at 11.15am on Monday.

He was found around 17 hours later by a dog handler near Fa’side Castle, disoriented and hypothermic, on one of the coldest nights of the year.

The former clerk was later taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and allowed home on Tuesday.

His wife Wendy said: “It was very unlike him to go as far as he did. He decided to go for a walk and just forgot the time and where he was. He was a bit disorientated when they did find him.”

Members of the Borders Search and Rescue Unit (BSARU) were called just after 11pm and made their way to Musselburgh Police Station.

The dozen team members were joined by four dog handlers as well as a helicopter from RAF Boulmer, near Alnwick, Northumberland.

On Monday, police had released a statement appealing for information on Mr Stewart’s whereabouts.

His wife said: “It was a very worrying time. I’d like to thank everybody involved in the search.”