Hiker reported missing on North Yorkshire walking trip is found after wildlife photographer spots him "waving at her from a distance"

A hiker who seemingly vanished from his walking group has been found – after being spotted waving hello to a photographer taking pictures of wildlife.

80-year-old Harry Harvey was reported missing on Sunday after disappearing from a group on an organised walking trip.

Search teams were deployed from North Yorkshire's remote Tan Hill Inn to find the pensioner from Tynemouth, near Newcastle, after the group noticed him missing during their route through the upper dales, with fears he had gotten lost and could be injured.

North Yorkshire Police said they were "extremely concerned" for Mr Harvey's safety, particularly as the weather became wet and windy.

Public footpath from Tan Hill Inn in Richmondshire, North Yorkshire

An update issued this morning by the force said Mr Harvey was now back with his family after being "found by a wildlife photographer who had seen the appeal".

A spokeswoman said the photographer "noticed Harry waving at her from the direction of Keld".

It is understood Mr Harvey had brought camping equipment for the trip and was able to take refuge from the rain.

Local Inspector Mark Gee, said: "This is fantastic news that Harry has been found safe and well.

"I want to thank all the search volunteers for their time, as well as gamekeepers, estate owners, farmers and local residents for their help and understanding.

"Thanks also to the Tan Hill, who looked after the volunteers and Mr Harvey's family".