Helicopter joined search for missing Aboyne retiree

A helicopter searching in Aboyne
A helicopter searching in Aboyne

A search and rescue helicopter was called in to help with the search for an 85 year-old woman who went missing from her Aboyne care home.

Cecilia Thomson disappeared from Praesmohr House care home near the village on at 9pm on Sunday (June 30) and was later traced by police on Monday and airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to receive medical treatment.

Ms Thomson is believed to have suffered a fall and was traced by officers at around 6 am.

Police teams including dog handlers and mountain rescuers, and an RAF helicopter from Lossiemouth, were involved in the operation to find the woman.

Police Scotland launched a missing person appeal for her on Monday before she was traced.

Commenting in an online blog post, husband and wife Russell and Laura Hogg of local photography company Aboyne photographics said on the Monday: “This morning brought, not only the start of another busy week, but also a rude awakening. At 3am we were abruptly awoken by the sounds of an RAF Sea King helicopter circling directly above our house in Aboyne.

“After the first 20 minutes or so, and unable to sleep, I decided to just get up and watch the dazzling display of close-quarters flying demonstrated by the Sea King’s crew. I got the binoculars out for a better view and boy did I get it. I could see the facial expressions of the pilot bathed in the green glow of his display. That gives you an idea of how close they were to us.”