The family of missing oil rig worker Steve Sutherland have released a statement as inquiries continue into his disappearance.
Police received a report on Tuesday night at around 9.20pm that the 49-year-old from the Aberdeen area could not be located on board the Noble Lloyd Noble rig. An extensive operation, including police vessels and coastguard helicopters, scoured the waters around the installation in the Mariner Field yesterday.
The force has said inquiries are still ongoing however there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.
Detective Inspector Norman Stevenson, who has led inquiries on-board the rig, said: “We continue to liaise with next of kin to keep them informed of any developments. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”
Mr Sutherland’s family said: “Steve is a much-loved and well-respected father, grandfather, partner, son, brother and uncle, adored by his children Morgan, Lenah and son Joe, and doted on by his four grandchildren.
“Steve was born in Aberdeen and grew up in Northfield. He is well-known among the junior football league in Aberdeen, having played for clubs like Glentanar FC, East End and Parkvale. He also coached at Lewis United and is a massive Aberdeen FC fan.
“Steve is popular, easy to get on with and well-liked by all those who know him. He is missed by everyone.
“We would ask that we are left in privacy at this difficult time.”
A spokeswoman for Interwell said: “Interwell can confirm that Steve Sutherland, missing from the Noble Lloyd Noble platform, is one of our employees. Our immediate thoughts are with the family and friends of our much-valued colleague at this extremely difficult time.
“Our employees are always our first priority and we are working with the relevant authorities to support them in any way we can.”