A body has been found in the search for missing kayaker Dominic Jackson.
Mr Jackson, 35, was reported missing on Sunday night after he failed to return from a sea kayaking trip in Portsoy, on the north coast of Aberdeenshire.
Mr Jackson’s sister Ellie said: “It has been quite an ordeal for everyone and we are just so thankful that we finally have an outcome even if it is not the one we have all been praying for.
“I have felt all along that Dom has been at peace with whatever outcome has befallen him and would have accepted his fate in good spirits which was his nature.
“We have taken such strength from this international community of people who have come together at such a difficult time for Dom’s family and friends and all those who knew him.
“Our heartfelt thanks must go out to all the people on the ground that worked tirelessly together to look for my brother. I must also thank the thousands of well wishers and prayers from right around the world that have kept us all going through this ordeal.”
A kayak believed to belong to him was recovered near Lybster in Caithness, around 50 miles from Portsoy, earlier this week while safety equipment and a paddle were also spotted in the water.
Mr Jackson’s sister said her brother’s phone was found in the watertight compartment of the kayak, with the last photos on it taken around Portsoy harbour before he set off on his trip.
Mr Jackson had travelled to Portsoy from his home in Fettercairn, south Aberdeenshire, on Friday.
The Police Scotland helicopter had been conducting searches on Thursday focused on the coastline between Lybster and Brora.
On Wednesday, police dogs helped with foot searches between Cullen and Buckie while the dive marine unit scoured the coastline.
Around 10 members of Mr Jackson’s family including his father Jeremy Jackson, brothers Stuart Jackson and Leighton Chubb and sister Kirstie Maywood had been involved with the search.
The family is originally from Uckfield near Brighton but Mr Jackson, one of six siblings, has lived in Aberdeenshire for around 13 years and runs a gardening business in the Laurencekirk area.
More than 1,000 people have joined a Find Dom Facebook page which was set up to help co-ordinate the search for him.