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Lochinver lifeboat launched after debris from yacht found off Strathan Bay

By Mike Merritt

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An investigation has been launched after a yacht was discovered mysteriously sunk off the Sutherland coast.

Lochinver Lifeboat was launched at 10.40am today after a member of the public spotted debris off Strathan Bay near Lochinver.

RNLI Lochinver lifeboat Julian and Margaret Leonard.
RNLI Lochinver lifeboat Julian and Margaret Leonard.

The lifeboat found a mast of the yacht above the water - about 25 yards from the shore.

Stornoway Coastguard said that there were no reports of a missing yacht but inquires were continuing.

Police divers may also be sent to the scene to investigate.

Ullapool and Achiltibuie coastguard rescue teams searched the shoreline.

"Inquiries are ongoing. Debris was found and the lifeboat has marked the mast," said a spokesperson for the coastguard.

"There are no reports of any vessel that is missing in the area."

It is understood the yacht may not be local.

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