Dominic Jackson is feared to be lost at sea after he went missing during a kayak trip
Dominic Jackson left his home in Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, on Friday and headed to the village of Portsoy for a few days in his campervan on the Banffshire coast.
The kayaker had gone out on his first trip round Luing island on the west coast a few weeks ago and is feared to be lost at sea.
His worried flatmate contacted the police when the self-employed gardener failed to return home on Sunday night.
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Kayaking is a new thing for him, we just don’t know if he had the right gear
Ellie Jackson, sister
A major search was launched after the alarm was raised at 10pm on Sunday with coastguard, RNLI and police teams all out looking for the missing kayaker overnight.
The 35-year-old’s sister Ellie Jackson, who lives in Australia, said relatives feared for his safety because he had only been out on two kayaking trips before he went missing.
She said: “He is a novice to kayaking, that is what is worrying. This is his third trip out. The only long trip he went out on before was on the west coast where he did an impressive two-day trip round islands.
Coastguard, RNLI and police teams all looked for Jackson overnight after the alarm was raised Sunday
“He said he was scared but really enjoyed it. He loved kayaking and couldn’t wait to go out again. He loved his new boat.”
Ms Jackson, 37, who lives in Nelson Bay, New South Wales, described her brother as being “super fit” and said he was an outdoor enthusiast.
She added: “Kayaking is a new thing for him, we just don’t know if he had the right gear.
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“I don’t think he would have had any reason to be offshore, he would have been cruising along the cliff edge about 100 metres offshore. If he had capsized, he might not have made it back into the boat and made it to shore and he is now stuck at the bottom of a cliff, that is our best case scenario.
“He is physically in good shape and will be doing everything he can to try to keep warm.”
This was Jackson's third trip on his kayak
Three lifeboats were launched along with a coastguard team and five police units to search for Dominic on Sunday.
RNLI Buckie spokesman Adam Robertson said: “The three lifeboats headed out again at first light and the coastguard helicopter from Inverness. But at the moment nothing has been found.”
• Meanwhile, a massive search continued yesterday for a man who was seen falling into the River Nith in Dumfries on Sunday night.
Witnesses raised the alarm after Brian Cowie, 41, vanished off the riverbank near to Dumfries Rowing Club at Greensands at 9pm.
Rescuers from the police, fire service coastguart and RNLI all raced to the scene but were forced to call off the search on Sunday night.
It was re-launched yesterday, backed up by police frogmen and mountain rescuers who scoured the riverbank further downstream.
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