Emergency call at North-east harbour treated as hoax

Macduff Harbour where crews from the coastguard searched for around two hours.
Macduff Harbour where crews from the coastguard searched for around two hours.

An emergency call which saw crews scour a North-east harbour for around two hours is being treated as a hoax call by Police Scotland.

Aberdeen Coastguard received a mayday call on marine radio stating someone was in the water at Macduff Harbour.

The call sparked a major emergency with Macduff lifeboat, as well as teams from coastguard bases at Banff, Gamrie, Portsoy and Portknockie also called to the incident.

The coastguard helicopter also attended and the Scottish Ambulance Service was called as well.

The call came in at around 10pm on Saturday and crews searched the harbour and Banff bay area until after midnight.

But no one was found during the two hour operation and police today confirmed they’re treating the incident as a hoax.

A Police Scotland spokesman said an investigation will now take place relating to the call.

He said: “We have no reason to believe this call was genuine and investigations will be under way regarding this.”

 

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