Family Issues Appeal For Missing Swimmer

21 September 2015, 15:33 | Updated: 21 September 2015, 15:37

The family of a swimmer who went missing off an island have appealed for help from the public in the search for him.

The alarm was raised at about 12.30pm on Sunday when Andrew Gordon, 54, did not return from his swim.

He had set off from under the Skye Bridge at Kyleakin at 8.30am that day.

Stornoway Coastguard launched an intensive search of the water between the Isle of Skye and the mainland but it was suspended on Sunday evening after no trace of Mr Gordon was found.

The search resumed on Monday morning with lifeboat teams and the Police Scotland Dive and Marine Unit.

In a statement issued through police, Mr Gordon's family asked anyone who may have seen him to get in touch with officers.

It read: "We are extremely grateful to members of the emergency services, search-and-rescue personnel and members of the local community who have been helping in the search for Andrew since Sunday afternoon.

"We'd like to appeal to anyone who saw Andrew or spoke to him on Sunday to please get in touch with the police on 101.

"Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, may assist in bringing Andrew home to us.''

Mr Gordon is from the East Lothian area and is described as being 6ft, of muscular build, with short shaved brown hair and a beard.

When last seen, he was wearing grey combat-style trousers and a Guns N' Roses hooded top.