Coastguard Rescue Team members from Stornoway, Ness and Bragar have been asked to help with a major search, being co-ordinated from Portree in Skye, for a man missing on the Isle of Raasay.

73-year-old Alistair Lovie was last seen walking in the Inverarish area of Raasay yesterday morning (Sunday March 31st). Although he is physically fit, he has dementia and there is increasing concern for his welfare.

Stornoway RNLI lifeboat was tasked this morning (Monday 1 April) to take available members of Lewis coastguard rescue teams to Raasay to assist with the search, as Isle of Skye teams were searching throughout the day yesterday and some have been stood down for rest.

Police Sergeant David Canning, of Portree police, said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Alistair as he suffers from dementia and is likely to have lost his way whilst out walking. Alistair is reasonably physically fit but he may be in a confused state. I would urge anyone who was walking in the Rasaay area today or who lives in the area and has seen Alistair to contact Portree police on 101."

Stornoway lifeboat is expected to be back in the harbour and ready for further tasking by 12noon today.