The search for a man who is believed to have gone missing after taking a swim in the River Findhorn is expected to resume this morning.
Emergency services were alerted shortly after 4pm on Saturday when a 19-year-old was reported to have failed to return after entering the river at Randolph’s Leap, Relugas near Forres.
A rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth was called to join the search being undertaken by Coastguard, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Police rescue teams.
Police confirmed the identity of the missing man late on Saturday night and expressed fears for his safety, issuing a public appeal for information.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “At 4.05pm today (Saturday 7 March 2015), Police Scotland were advised of an incident at the area known as Randolph’s Leap, Relugas, by Forres where it was reported that a male had got into difficulties having entered the River Findhorn a short time earlier.
“It was confirmed that the male, Matthew Crosbie, aged 19 and from Forres, had entered the river with the intention of swimming but failed to make it back to the river bank.
“A search coordinated by Police Scotland was launched and involved assistance from a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth, Coastguard, Scottish Fire and Rescue and specialist Police searchers.
“Despite initial searches, Mr Crosbie has not been found. Enquiries will continue to trace Mr Crosbie and will involve further coordinated search efforts.”
Mr Crosbie has been described as being 5feet 9inches tall with thick, black hair which is quite short. He is of stocky build with an olive complexion.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.