A teenager who was reported missing in the Isle of Rum area yesterday has now been found alive and well following a massive search-and-rescue effort by the emergency services.
Police, coastguard, lifeboat and mountain rescue teams launched the extensive investigation after the youngster did not return from a late evening walk.
He was spotted at around 10.30am by kayakers on the north-western side of the Isle of Rum, who immediately contacted the coastguard, and a helicopter dispatched from Stornoway airlifted the teen to safety at Kinloch Castle.
He was assessed by a hypothermic specialist and checked over for injuries before being re-united with his parents.
UK Coastguard duty controller Angus MacIver said: “We are all absolutely delighted that this young man has been found alive and well.
“It is thanks to an excellent team effort by all those involved in the search and rescue and is a testament to the multi-agency training that the emergency services undertakes on a regular basis.
“It is important that people make sure they are properly equipped when walking the UK coastlines and mountains.
“Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged, wear the appropriate clothing and footwear, and tell someone where you are going and when you’re coming home.
“The more information that is available to the police and the coastguards, the more concentrated we can make our search efforts.”