A search is continuing to find a sea angler from Dysart who was swept out to sea in stormy weather at the weekend.
Fraser Carrington (32), a experienced fisherman who has won many medals and awards for sea angling, went missing while fishing on the coast of St Cyrus on Saturday evening.
Mr Carrington, who is the nephew of Councillor Kay Carrington, who represents Dysart on Fife Council, had been fishing at a favourite spot on rocks at Tangle-Ha, north of St Cyrus, when he disappeared.
It is understood that he was with another angler, who reported his companion missing at around 3.00 a.m. on Sunday (February 2).
Four coastguard rescue teams from Montrose, Carnoustie, Arbroath and Aberdeen were involved in several searches on Sunday, along with the Montrose RNLI all-weather lifeboat Moonbeam, which was launched at 3.30 a.m., and a rescue helicopter.
Mr Carrington, who works as a builder and spends most of his spare time angling, is not married and has no children.
His mother and father, Leslie and Jean, who he lives with in Dysart, and his older sister, Denise, are said to be anxiously waiting for any news of their son, as the search goes on.
A family friend said: “Fraser has been fishing since he was a boy and is a champion angler who has won many awards and medals.”
Fraser, who comes from a long line of fishermen, was a member of the East Fife Shore Angling Club until around four years ago. His father is president of the club.
Michael Horn, the club’s treasurer, who is also president of the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers, said: “Everyone at the club is shocked and saddened by the news and we send our best wishes to the family at this difficult time.
“Fraser was a very experienced angler and St Cyrus was one of his favourite spots to fish from.”
Kevin Brown, watch manager at Aberdeen Coastguard, said the wind in the early hours of Sunday was gusting force four, 13 to 17 mph, with a large sea swell of two to three metres.
The Arbroath lifeboat crew carried out a search as soon as the alarm was raised, searching the coastline from Milton Ness to Johnshaven, and several others have since taken place, without success.
Mr Brown said: “We’d always recommend that anglers check weather and tides before setting out and make sure they wear suitable clothing and a lifejacket.”
Police Scotland urged members of the public in the area to be aware of Mr Carrington’s disappearance and to report any sightings.
A police spokesman added: “We are currently working closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency with a view to assessing tide movements in order to target any future searches.”