Nicola Bulley diving expert shares video ‘proof’ she didn’t fall in the river

The diving expert who led the search for missing mum Nicola Bulley has now shared a video he claims is ‘proof’ she did not fall in the river where cops claim.

The mum of two was last seen on a dog walk near St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire on Friday, January 27.

Police launched specialist teams to search the River Wyre for any sign of Nicola, calling in diving expert Peter Faulding.

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Mr Faulding who founded Surrey-based Specialist Group International (SGI) announced yesterday (February 8) that his team would cease their search.

The 60-year-old claimed, that in his professional opinion, the Nicola, 45, did not fall into the river and “wherever she is I hope closure comes soon”.

Today (February 9) Faulding has released video footage of the River Wyre which he claims proves his theory.

The footage of the River Wyre shows it to be slow-moving by the team placing a log in the water, meaning her body would have sunk “very quickly” and remained nearby if she’d gone in.

He also said the rocks by the bank, which would have been under just 2ft of water when she went missing, meaning she could have simply “stood up” if she’d fallen down.

He said the clip makes him believe Nicola didn't fall into the river, in St Michael's in Wyre, when she vanished 13 days ago while walking her dog.

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Instead, he urged officers to carry a “wider land search” including outbuildings and sheds.

Speaking about the video, Mr Faulding added: “The log stayed at that point for 20 minutes, and it actually spiralled and went up six feet and came back to the same place.

“The river on the day was slightly higher – it was about a foot higher – but I’d be very surprised in my experience [if she was there] as a body usually goes to the bottom very quickly.

“If Nicola slipped down the bank, she would have landed in about 2ft of water but onto rocks, and she could have stood up."

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Faulding’s teams conducted a one-mile search of the river using sonar technology, and their equipment showed no sign of the mum.

The diver yesterday took Nicola’s shattered partner Paul Ansell to the bench where their dog, and her mobile phone, were found on the day she vanished.

Mr Faulding said of his conversation with Paul: “He’s very upset and he was in tears yesterday. He’s very emotional, obviously.

“He was shocked at how shallow the rocks were yesterday. He thought it was really deep there. If she had gone in she would have landed on the rocks.

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“The family thanked us for being here. They said ‘You’ve given us confidence now’ and his belief is that Nicola has not gone in that river."

Nicola is white, 5ft 3ins tall, with light brown shoulder-length hair. She speaks with an Essex accent.

The mum was last seen wearing a long, knee-length black quilted gilet with a hood. She had a black Engelbert Strauss coat underneath which had long sleeves and came to her waist.

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