Biker lay in ditch for three nights after crash (updated)
A seriously injured Goole biker lay undiscovered by the roadside for three nights after hitting a signpost.
Anthony Margrave, 40, was eventually found 6ft down a ditch, lying in water, conscious and breathing, after police launched a missing person enquiry.
He remains in a serious condition in hospital, suffering from hypothermia and injuries including broken ribs, following the accident on the A614 Selby Road, near Thorne, last Wednesday.
Mr Margrave is thought to have hit a metal signpost before travelling about 200 metres along the road and coming to rest in a ditch.
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He lay hidden from view at the scene for a further 48 hours before he was discovered on Friday.
The alarm was raised when Mr Margrave's partner reported him missing after he failed to turn up for work a day after she last spoke to him.
Police searched his home and workplace and looked for his missing bike.
Traffic officers drove Mr Margrave's route from home to work and the police helicopter was used to search hedges and ditches.
Officers knew his phone had not been used for at least 24 hours and were able to narrow its location to a large rural area south of Snaith.
But it wasn't until Friday morning that police discovered a small amount of debris by the side of the road, close to the junction of Selby Road and Reed Holme Lane, north of Thorne, which they believed came from a motorcycle.
After a search, Mr Margrave was found in a ditch, conscious but unable to move.
Inspector Rob Cocker said: "This was a large-scale missing person enquiry and required resources being pulled in from Scunthorpe and Hull and the use of the South Yorkshire Helicopter for three days.
"All officers feared the worst and it was very pleasing to find the man alive and hope him well with his recovery. It is a credit to his determination that he is still alive."
Mr Margrave is receiving treatment in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 438 of September 14.