Breaking: Huge rescue off Argyll and Bute coast as fishermen vanish when boat capsizes

18 January 2018, 21:43 | Updated: 18 January 2018, 21:44

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A large-scale search and rescue mission is under way for two fishermen after their boat capsized.

HM Coastguard received a 999 call and a distress alert from a vessel in Loch Fyne at about 6pm on Thursday, reporting they had recovered a man from the water.

The casualty told his rescuers that his 40ft fishing boat had capsized and there were two more fishermen in the water, off the Argyll and Bute Coast.

Tighnabruich, Arran and Cambeltown RNLI Lifeboats have been sent to the sea loch, alongside the HM Coastguard Prestwick helicopter and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Tarbert, Kames, Inverary and Crinan.

Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service are also on scene, while several commercial vessels are assisting.

Royal Navy divers are expected to arrive imminently.

The casualty who was recovered from the water has now been transferred to hospital.