Published: 25/11/2017 10:30 - Updated: 25/11/2017 10:42

Searchers hailed as bid to trace missing Wester Ross fisherman continues

 

Efforts to trace Alasdair Macleod are continuing. The fisherman was posted missing on Monday.
Efforts to trace Alasdair Macleod are continuing. The fisherman was posted missing on Monday.
EFFORTS to trace a Wester Ross fisherman missing since Monday are continuing.

 

Police in Skye and Lochalsh are continuing to carry out enquiries in a bid to trace Alasdair Macleod in the Applecross area.

The 57-year-old was reported missing on the afternoon of Monday, November 20 after his boat Varuna was seen on rocks north of Applecross Bay.

Extensive search activity has been carried out during the week by police and partners in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and RNLI as well as local

Police activity in the area has included land-based searches by specialist officers and the Police Scotland dog unit, with aerial support from the Police Scotland helicopter on Wednesday.

Further activity planned to continue in the area over the course of the coming days.

Inspector Andrew Shaw said: "Unfortunately, despite extensive search efforts over the course of the week we haven't yet located Mr Macleod.

"We are very grateful for the assistance from partner agencies and members of the local community for their support with the search."

Mr Macleod is believed to have been wearing orange oilskins and yellow Wellington boots when he set off to go fishing.

The Varuna is a 7m creel boat with a green hull and yellow roof.

Police have issued a fresh photograph of Mr Macleod.

Anyone with information relating to Mr Macleod's whereabouts or who saw the Varuna prior its discovery on Monday is asked to contact police on 101, reference NP10617/17.
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