Missing fishermen found safe and well Published: 22 May, 2014
THE two Scottish lobster fishermen missing at sea off the Aberdeenshire coast for the past three days have been found safe and well.
There had been fears for their lives since an extensive air-sea search began on Tuesday after their 16ft creel boat Water Rail failed to return to Gourdon harbour.
Jim Reid, 75, and his 35-year-old grandson David Irvine, from Inverbervie, were found in the boat this morning (Thursday).They were discovered about 50 miles off the coast of Montrose by another fishing vessel.
The search, involving lifeboats, fishing boats, helicopters and a plane, had earlier been called off. Vessels in the area had been asked to look out for the boat but no more searches had been planned.
The search area took in a stretch of coastline from Stonehaven to St Cyrus, and far out to sea. Anxious relatives and friends had been waiting at the harbourside for news since they were reported missing.
In a statement earlier today, Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
‘It is great news that the two missing fishermen have been found safe and well, their family and friends will be overjoyed and relieved to have them back home.
‘Its times like these that really brings home how dangerous a job our fishermen do, day after day, to provide fresh fish for us all to enjoy and I am delighted that this incident has had a happy ending.’
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