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Police send in divers to search sunken yacht at Lochinver

By Mike Merritt

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Police divers have been called in to search a capsized yacht off the coast of north-west Sutherland.

It is not known if the vessel was occupied at the time it sank.

Coastguard and lifeboat teams have been searching the sea loch following sightings of the capsized yacht.

Police Scotland said emergency services were alerted to the boat in Strathan Bay in Lochinver at around 12:30 on Saturday.

Coastguards searching the shoreline at the weekend.
Coastguards searching the shoreline at the weekend.

Two coastguard helicopters from Stornoway and Inverness, local coastguard teams and the Lochinver RNLI lifeboat have been searching the loch and its shoreline near the village of Lochinver.

Today Police Scotland confirmed that force divers were "assisting" with the operation.

HM Coastguard said it had completed an extensive search and was assessing what further efforts were required.

Coastguard teams from Lochinver, Achiltibuie and Ullapool were involved in the operation.

A police spokesperson said: “At around 12.30 on Saturday we were made aware of a capsized yacht in Strathan Bay, Lochinver.

“Emergency services attended, including HM Coastguard and the RNLI. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

It is believed the yacht's owner is known on the west coast.

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