What is being classed as a hoax call on Friday night launched a land, sea & air search in Banff Bay.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat Lydia Macdonald from Macduff joined a search for a person in the water of Banff Bay on Friday night after a call was made to the coastguard.
A call was received at around 7:10pm on Friday with the caller stating that they had seen someone jump in to the water behind the Union Road filling station in Macduff. This prompted the Coastguard to send shoreline search crews and helicopter Rescue 951 to the area to look for the person.
A search of the area was carried out for around an hour before being called off, the Coastguard had been unable to make contact with the person who made the report. Details were passed to Police Scotland who are now investigating the call.
Sergeant Barry Riddoch, based at Banff, said
Hoax calls divert the emergency services from genuine emergencies and any unnecessary delay in attending genuine emergencies could easily mean the difference between life and death. Individuals who are found to commit these offences will be dealt with robustly.
A Coastguard spokeswoman said
Not only do these calls take resources away from where they are needed and endanger the public, they put the lives of rescue teams in danger. We fully support Police Scotland’s efforts and will assist in the prosecution of those responsible.
Enquiries are ongoing and Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
If you have any information about the call, please contact Police Scotland on 101
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