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Search continues off north-west Sutherland coast after sunken yacht found - incident now a 'police matter'

By Mike Merritt

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An intensive search continued today after debris from a yacht was spotted in the sea off north-west Sutherland.

A member of the public raised the alarm yesterday, Saturday, January 6, after spotting parts of a yacht off Strathan Bay, near Lochinver.

Coastguards searching the shoreline today. Picture: RNLI Lochinver
Coastguards searching the shoreline today. Picture: RNLI Lochinver

The Lochinver lifeboat, the Julian and Margaret Leonard, was called out at 10.40am yesterday and the crew found a mast from a yacht floating in the water about 25 yards from the shore.

Rescue teams from Ullapool and Achiltibuie Coastguards searched the shoreline.

Stornoway Coastguard called out Lochinver Lifeboat again at 10.36am today, Sunday January 7, to continue the search.

The Coastguard helicopter was also called out along with Coastguard shore teams.

It is understood that there are no reports of a missing yacht and that it may not be local.

A spokesperson for Stornoway Coastguard said today that the incident was now a “police matter”.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At around 12.30pm on Saturday, January 6, we were informed of a yacht that had capsized at Strathan Bay, Lochinver. Enquiries are at an early stage."

It is understood divers are to search the yacht to see if anyone is inside.

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