Emergency services are widening their search for missing man North-east man.
Graeme Leslie has not been seen since Sunday and Police Scotland have appealed for information about the 62-year-old’s whereabouts.
Officers today asked the Coastguard to assist with the search on a six-mile stretch of coastline between Montrose and the north of St Cyrus.
A Coastguard spokesman said: “There is nothing to suggest this man has fallen into the water, but he was known to frequent the area and so we are doing a search along the coastline as a precaution.”
Ten Coastguard officers are searching for Graeme and their colleagues from surrounding stations are set to join them later.
The spokesman added: “We are searching by walking along the coastline and we have two lifeboats out that can look in areas that those on foot can’t reach.”
Police are also urging St Cyrus residents to check sheds, garages and other outbuildings for signs of activity as the search continues.
Inspector Megan Heathershaw said: “We have specialist search teams currently out looking in the vicinity of Graeme’s home.
“However, I would appeal to anyone who lives in the area to please check your garages, sheds or other outbuildings for signs of activity.
“Given the recent rainfall and unfavourable weather conditions I must stress that we don’t want anyone searching outwith the boundaries of your own property and putting yourself in any danger.
“However, if your outbuildings are easily accessible we would be very grateful for the assistance.
“The significant rainfall on Thursday morning will make some of the terrain we need to search challenging, however our specialist officers together with the RNLI are utilising their skills and equipment to access the areas safely and effectively.”
Graeme was last seen in the Scotston Place area of St Cyrus on Sunday.
He is described as 5″1, of stocky build, receding grey hair, blue eyes and a tattoo on his right arm which reads “Graeme loves Jane.”
Graeme is known to have links to the Montrose area.
Anyone with information that could assist in tracing him should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 4162 of 18/07.