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Missing person alarm triggers multi-agency search and rescue response in Ross-shire; Lifeboat, coastguard, police and fishery vessel called out after alarm raised near Skye Bridge


By Hector MacKenzie


The Kyle RNLI lifeboat in action.
The Kyle RNLI lifeboat in action.

A MISSING person alert triggered a massive search and rescue operation in Ross-shire last night.

The alarm flagging concerns about a missing person around the Skye Bridge area initially triggered the launch of Kyle lifeboat.

The lifeboat made best speed towards the bridge after the 6:35pm call-out and immediately began searching the area.

A report of someone missing around the Skye Bridge turned out to be 'a false alarm with good intent'.
A report of someone missing around the Skye Bridge turned out to be 'a false alarm with good intent'.

It was soon joined by the fishery protection vessel Hirta and the coastguard helicopter from Stornoway, who combed the area while local coastguard and police teams scanned the shoreline.

Portree lifeboat was also launched and made its way to the scene.

But then at 8pm, the search teams were told it had been a false alarm with good intent, the missing person was safe and well and the search was stood down.

A Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: "A lot of different agencies and assets were involved in the search which was undertaken in challenging weather conditions."It turned out to be a false alarm with good intent with no malice involved, and once it was established that the missing person was safe and well all search teams were stood down."

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