SUSPECTED prank call which resulted in a full land, sea and air search is now being investigated by police.
A team from RNLI Macduff were alerted after a member of the public reported a person going into the water behind the Union Road filling station at Banff Bay.
The alarm was raised about 7pm on Friday.
After more than an hour, the search was called off after water, air and land search teams found no evidence of any one in the water.
The coastguard was unable to make contact with the person who made the initial report and say that the call may have been “malicious”.
Search teams from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency performed a shoreline search on the Macduff and Banff sides of the bay covering the shoreline from Macduff Harbour to Banff Harbour.
Coastguard helicopter Rescue 951 was tasked with assisting with the search and officers from Police Scotland were also on the scene.