Fears grow for missing North East man

SEARCH: RAF Mountain Rescue teams were amongst those joining the search today for Ellon man Ernest Mackie, who has been missing since yesterday.
SEARCH: RAF Mountain Rescue teams were amongst those joining the search today for Ellon man Ernest Mackie, who has been missing since yesterday.

Fears are growing for the safety of 78 year old Ernest Mackie, from Ellon, who was last seen in the vicinity of Cruden Bay Golf Course at around 10.40am on Wednesday.

A large scale land, sea and air search got underway late yesterday afternoon involving police, the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, the Peterhead lifeboat and mountain rescue teams. The search was called off at 3am, resuming at first light this morning.

Inspector Mark McLaughlin of Grampian Police said that Mr Mackie has a keen interest in local history and is known to walk extensively in the area.

“At this moment, we’re continuing the search around the golf course area, while the Coastguard and Lifeboat are looking around the Slains Castle area”, he said. “Although Mr Mackie was dressed warmly and is thought to be generally fit and healthy, obviously our concern for his welfare heightens as time passes.

“Right now, we’d ask residents and businesses in the area to assist us by checking sheds, outbuildings, or any other place where Mr Mackie may have found shelter.”

Mr Mackie is described as 5’ 6” to 5’ 7” in height, slim build with short grey hair wearing a blue jacket, brown cord trousers and a flat cap. Anyone with information relating to Mr Mackie’s whereabouts is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.