A 'FROZEN' and barefoot teenager spotted walking along a rural lane after saying she had fallen in a stream was found after an all-day search by police and search and rescue teams.

The 16-year-old girl was seen by a member of the public early on Sunday morning walking along the lane near Trevaylor Woods, Penzance with literally frozen hair, a blue face and wearing no shoes.

When they asked her what had happened she said she had fallen in a stream and lost her belongings and her wellies.

The member of the public was so alarmed by her condition that they called the police.

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West Cornwall Search & Rescue Team says it was called out late morning by Devon and Cornwall Police following the report of the barefoot and hypothermic female walking in a rural area near Penzance, having said she’d fallen into a local stream.

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Despite having no ‘official’ missing person to search for, the team searched residential areas and rights of way in case the girl hadn’t made it home or to a place of safety.

National Police Air Service and a police dog team were also deployed to cover more ground. By mid-afternoon the rescue team was told that the girl had been located, and deployed to make an initial medical assessment.

"With most of the team stood down, some members continued to search for the female’s belongings in Trevaylor Woods," said search and rescue spokesman Matthew Stone. "Once the female had been passed into the care of the ambulance service, the remaining team members stood down and returned to base to clean and sanitise the vehicles and kit in preparation for the next call-out

Devon and Cornwall Police said they would like to thank the public for helping: "The female that police were concerned for in the Penzance area has since been located safely and left in the care of medical professionals.

"Officers would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter."