A heartbroken Dysart family has said a huge thank you to the emergency services and people of an Aberdeenshire town who helped recover the body of Fraser Carrington.
The fanatical sea angler went missing in stormy weather after going fishing in the area the previous Saturday evening.
It is believed he may have been swept out to sea by a large wave.
Mr Carrington’s body was recovered on a beach at St Cyrus last Friday morning by a member of the public out walking.
The 32-year-old builder was reported missing by a friend at around 3.00 a.m. on the Sunday morning.
Numerous searches were carried out by coastguard rescue teams from Montrose, Carnoustie, Arbroath and Aberdeen.
They failed to find any sign of him, but his body was discovered on the shore close to St Cyrus five days later.
This week a grieving family member said the family was struggling to come to terms with their loss.
“It is very difficult as he was such a young and fit man with his whole life ahead of him,” she said.
“We are all just taking comfort from the fact that he died doing what he loved.
“He was an extreme sports fisherman and he was one of the safest around.
‘‘He didn’t take unnecessary risks, and he knew the St Cyrus coastline like the back of his hand.”
She said a post mortem carried out in Aberdeen had confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances.
“We are just making arrangements to bring him home, but we don’t know when that will be,” she added. “We’re a close-knit family and Fraser was the first grandson.”
Mr Carrington, the nephew of Dysart and Kirkcaldy East councillor, Kay Carrington, lived with his parents Leslie and Jean in Dysart.
He was not married and had no children. He has an older sister, Denise.
A former member of the East Fife Shore Angling Club, where his father Leslie is president, Fraser had been fishing from a favourite spot on rocks at Tangle-Ha, north of St Cyrus, when he disappeared.
A member of the Aberdeen Coastguard said the wind had been gusting at the time and there was a large sea swell of two to three metres.