An airborne search of Fife’s east coast has been carried out in the hunt for a missing German tourist.
Claudia Philips, who was holidaying in the East Neuk, was last seen leaving the house in which she was staying in the Nethergate in Crail at around 1pm on Tuesday.
However, the 51-year-old failed to return to the address and concerns are growing for her welfare.
Ms Philips was spotted walking in a south westerly direction towards Anstruther along the Fife Coastal Path, and there are fears she may have got into difficulties somewhere along the route.
Both lifeboats from Anstruther’s RNLI station searched the coastline and the Firth of Forth for around three hours on Tuesday evening before being stood down as darkness fell.
The search continued by air on Wednesday morning, as members of the UK Civil Air Patrol Scotland (UKCAPS) charity, also known as Sky Watch, scoured a stretch of coast between Cellardyke and Crail at first light.
Posted by UK Civil Air Patrol – Scotland on Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Claudia is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall with a slim build and grey wavy collar-length hair.
Inspector Neil McKenzie said: “Claudia is on holiday in Crail, so is unlikely to know the North East Fife area well and as such we are keen to trace her as soon as possible.
“Anyone with information that can help us locate Claudia should contact police immediately.”