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Room mix up sparks huge search

AN ELDERLY tourist who spent the night in the wrong room at a Lerwick youth hostel room sparked a major air, land and sea search in Lerwick.

Lerwick lifeboat, the Sumburgh based search and rescue helicopter, the Lerwick coastguard search team and the police were all out searching the town and harbour in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday)

After several hours the 72 year old woman from Yorkshire was found safe and well at Lerwick’s youth hostel Islesburgh House.

Police received the initial call at 1.28am and requested assistance from Shetland Coastguard at 4.45am.

A police spokesman said: “It would appear a break down in communication between travelling companions had resulted in the missing person spending the night in a different room from that allocated to her.”