UK Forces In Cyprus Join Search For Missing 82yo Brit

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

The British Forces in Cyprus have reportedly sent over 20 personnel to assist the Cypriot police in the ongoing search for an 82-year-old UK national who went missing during a walk.

Elderly British national Bruce Diggle disappeared on 19th July during a walk with other compatriots in the rural area of Sotira in the district of Limassol in southern Cyprus.

On Monday, the police said that Diggle is about 1.7 metres (5’ 6”) tall, of medium build with white hair and short-sight glasses.


He was wearing denim shorts and a blue short-sleeved shirt when he went missing.

The British Forces Cyprus (BFC) have reportedly sent over 20 personnel to assist the local police with the search.

In Cyprus, the British Armed Forces are stationed in the UK Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

During a search for Diggle, a bag containing a radio and other equipment fell from a helicopter flying over the region he was last seen, according to chief of police Stelios Papatheodorou.


It is believed that a door was open while crew members scanned an area near Episkopi at around 1pm on 21st July, according to the police.

The helicopter was flying low at the time and the bag was quickly retrieved.

As of 23rd July, there have been no further updates on the whereabouts of the 82-year-old Brit.

The search continues.

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