16th July 2019
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Mix-up over holidaymaker’s whereabouts triggers major search and rescue operation

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A mix-up among holiday guests sparked a major search and rescue operation in the middle of the night, with the coastguard helicopter, Lerwick lifeboat and a coastal search team called out to look for a woman who had been declared missing.

However the 72-year-old, from Yorkshire, was simply in a different room at the Islesburgh Youth Hostel from the one her companions thought she was in. A police spokesman blamed a “break down in communication between travelling companions” for the hunt being launched.

Police received a report that the woman was missing in the early hours of the morning and immediately launched a missing person search, with emergency services looking along the stretch of coastline from Ness of Sound to Dales Voe. However the woman was found safe and well at around 6am.

A police spokesman said: ” A report was received by Lerwick Police regarding a missing person from Islesburgh House, Lerwick. Enquiries were commenced and a missing person search was carried out by police, coastguard, a coastal search team, Lerwick lifeboat and a rescue helicopter.

“Following enquiry the missing person, a 72-year-old female from Yorkshire on holiday in Shetland, was found safe and well.

“It would appear a break down in communication between travelling companions had resulted in the missing person spending the night in a different room from that allocated to her.”


About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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