Search for two fishermen missing in Loch Fyne

19 January 2018, 09:32 | Updated: 19 January 2018, 13:14

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A major search for two fishermen missing after their vessel capsized has resumed.

A third man was pulled from the water of Loch Fyne by the crew of a passing vessel who raised the alarm at around 6pm on Thursday.

He told rescuers his 40ft fishing boat had capsized and there were two more fishermen in the water, off the Argyll and Bute coast.

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

Campbeltown lifeboat and local vessels continued searching through the night, with the assistance of a vessel with underwater capabilities.

Coastguard teams and RNLI lifeboats rejoined the search on Friday, along with the coastguard helicopter from Prestwick.

It is understood all of the Tarbert fishing fleet have also gone out to help with the search efforts.

The casualty who was recovered from the water was transferred to Mid Argyll Community Hospital in Lochgilphead, where staff describe his condition as stable.

A Coastguard spokesman said: "Campbeltown RNLI Lifeboat has been out all night and is this morning joining a number of commercial vessels searching the area, sadly however, nothing has been found.

"Attempts were made last night with a remotely operated underwater vehicle to investigate the fishing vessel which has come to rest on the sea floor, however poor visibility hampered those efforts."

Police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) are carrying out a joint investigation to establish what caused the incident.

The MAIB said they are investigating the capsizing of the vessel, named the Nancy Glen.

A spokesman said: "We were notified last night and have sent inspectors to carry out an investigation."