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Search for boat capsize teenager Jake Miller called off

Jake Miller
Image caption The missing teenager was named as Jake Miller

A search for a teenager missing after a boat capsized off the coast of Aberdeenshire has been called off.

It is understood Jake Miller, 18, from Turriff, was out in a small fishing boat with two friends overnight.

The two others managed to swim to rocks between Banff and Whitehills and raise the alarm shortly before 0100 BST.

A Grampian Police spokesman said: "Unfortunately, the chances of survival in the water for that length of time are sadly very, very slim."

The spokesman added: "The family of Mr Miller have been kept informed of developments throughout the search and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time."

The boat has been recovered but there was no sign of Mr Miller.

A major air and sea search had earlier been called off at 0600 BST, but local coastguards were then back out combing the coastline.

A search and rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth also rejoined the search, after being out in the early hours.

The 18-year-old and his two friends set off from Banff on Thursday.

After their vessel flooded, they ended up in the water and started to swim for shore.

When one of them reached land he ran to a local hotel and raised the alarm. The second teenager reached the shore shortly afterwards.

Both were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia. None of them was wearing a life jacket.

Banff, Gardenstown, Portsoy and Buckie Coastguard Rescue Teams were scrambled, along with Buckie and Macduff RNLI lifeboats.

Image caption Rescuers have been searching the coastline after the incident

Aberdeen Coastguard was co-ordinating the operation.

Spokeswoman Hayley Morden told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "There's a sea temperature of 12 degrees, that's quite average, it does give quite a good survivability time but we're well past that stage at this point unfortunately.

"There's always hope but it's extremely unlikely anyone would be found alive after this long in the water."

Relatives appealed for information on Mr Miller's Facebook page.

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