Montrose lifeboats called out to search for two missing people off North East coast

RNLI Moonbeam on the water

RNLI Moonbeam on the water

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Two Montrose lifeboats were called out in two searches for missing people off the North East coast.

RNLB Moonbeam and inshore lifeboat RNLB Nigel A Kennedy were launched at 8.50 p.m, yesterday (Thursday, March 26) to assist the Arbroath lifeboat in a search of a woman feared to have drowned off the Arbroath cliffs.

Police, Coastguard search and rescue teams and the Arbroath all-weather and inshore lifeboats searched the area following a missing persons report yesterday afternoon.

Coastguard personnel from the Montrose, Arbroath and Carnoustie were assisted by colleagues from St Andrews.

A search and rescue helicopter from RAF Kinloss was also called out.

The search went on into night as it turned dark.

Arriving on the scene at Deilshead, Arbroath, the two Montrose boats joined in the search and stood down at 10.30 p.m. after no-one was found.

The search for the missing woman continued this morning.

Making their way back to Montrose the two boats with their volunteer crews were then tasked at 11 p.m. to carry out a search for another missing person further up the coast at St Cyrus.

Montrose, Arbroath, Carnoustie and Aberdeen Coastguard rescue teams and a rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer were also involved in the search.

The missing man in his 50s was found and taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by the RAF helicopter with minor injuries.

The two Montrose lifeboats were stood down at 1.25 a.m. Both boats arrived back in Montrose at 1.45 a.m. where they were refuelled and made ready for service.