EXTENSIVE searches by specialist teams will continue for a third day on Wednesday, February 8 in a bid to trace missing kayaker Dominic Jackson.
Specialist police search advisors will co-ordinate further searches of the water and coastline assisted by the dive unit and air support.
Inspector Ewan Strachan said: "More than 30 volunteers have turned out to assist with coastal searches today despite the weather and I cannot stress enough how much this has been appreciated. It also comes as no surprise given the community spirit in the area and the strength of feeling of wanting Dominic to be found.
"Moving forward, our search must focus at sea and immediate areas of the coastline - an operation which must be tackled by a highly specialist search team given the dangers and challenges of these terrains. These officers are trained in certain techniques and will be designated to specific areas as we enter our third day of this operation and continue to battle severe weather conditions.
"Our main priority is the public’s safety and as such I would urge volunteers to consider other ways in which they can offer support to Dominic’s family and friends at this terrible time.
"By no means does this mean we are scaling back our search - in fact our search now becomes more intensive - however we need the right people in the right places to give us the best possible chance."
Mr Jackson (35), was reported missing on Sunday night after failing to return from a sea-kayaking trip in the Portsoy area.
Earlier today a piece of safety equipment which is believed to have been attached to a kayak was recovered in the water in the Portknockie area. A paddle has also been spotted in the water near to where a kayak was recovered off the Lybster coast overnight. An operation is underway to recover this item.
Inspector Strachan said: "Once again, I would appeal for anyone who may have seen Dominic over the weekend to get in touch if they think they have information which could assist. Our last confirmed sighting of him is in the Cullen area between 10.30am and 11am on Saturday and I would urge anyone who was there at the time and could help to contact Police on 101."