Owain Bristow has been missing since falling into the sea while climbing

Owain Bristow has been missing since falling into the sea while climbing

Police in Scotland say they have ended the search for a climber missing for more than two weeks.

Owain Bristow was last seen rock-climbing on sea cliffs at Bullers of Buchan, south of Peterhead, about 7.35pm on 21 August.

Officers said they have undertaken extensive efforts to find the 34-year-old over two weeks, involving Police Scotland’s dive and marine unit and drones to scour the area.

Mr Bristow’s father Charles Bristow said: “We are all devastated at the loss of Owain. He was a dearly loved and loving son, brother, uncle and partner.

“Owain’s enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits and passion for teaching were obvious to all who met him. We are touched by the many heartfelt tributes we have received from Owain’s friends, colleagues and pupils.

“We would like to thank the Coastguard, RNLI and Police Scotland for all their efforts to find him.”

While searches for the climber have ended, officers said they are continuing to appeal for anyone with information or any sightings to report them to police.

Detective Inspector Martin Macdougall said: “Our thoughts are with Owain’s family at this time, as they come to terms with a tragic loss.

“Our searches may have concluded for now, but this remains an open missing person investigation and we will act on any information that comes our way.

“Anyone who believes they may have information or a possible sighting is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 3552 of 21 August.”

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