Coastguard involved in search for missing fishermen

HM Coastguard
HM Coastguard

A massive air and sea search is taking place for two fishermen missing off East Scotland.

Aberdeen Coastguard was alerted by a member of the public around noon today that a 16ft fishing vessel was two hours overdue.

The search is focusing on an area five miles between Gourdon to Todhead Point and two miles out to sea.

The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Lossiemouth, Montrose all-weather and inshore lifeboats, Aberdeen all-weather lifeboat, four local fishing vessels, and coastguard rescue teams from Montrose and Carnoustie are involved in the operation.

Calum McNichol, Watch Officer at Aberdeen Coastguard, said: “We are carrying out an extensive search of an area covering ten square miles.

“Rescue resources were quickly on scene and we have asked vessels in the area to help.

“The sea conditions are moderate and visibility is poor, due to thick fog.”