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Man’s body recovered during search for swimmer in Western Isles

Stornoway Coastguard's rescue helicopter has joined the search.
Stornoway Coastguard's rescue helicopter has joined the search.

A man’s body has been recovered during a search for a swimmer in the Western Isles.

Emergency services were called to Loch Caitiosbhal near Marvig on Lewis following reports of a swimmer in difficulty.

A concerned member of the public raised the alarm to HM Coastguard around 10.40am with numerous units dispatched to the scene.

Despite their best efforts, a man’s body was recovered a short time later.

In a statement, police confirmed his next of kin has been informed.

A police spokeswoman said: “Around 11.15am on Sunday, August 16, we received reports that a man had gotten into difficulty while swimming in Loch Caitiosbhal near Marvig on the Isle of Lewis.

“Emergency services attended and a search and rescue operation was launched.

“The body of a 30-year-old man was recovered a short time later. The next of kin have been informed.

“Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death, which is not being treated as suspicious, are ongoing. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

A major search got underway this morning to help trace his whereabouts.

Stornoway’s coastguard rescue team and coastguard helicopter were in attendance alongside the local lifeboat crew and officers from Police Scotland.

A spokeswoman from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard received a 999 call just before 10:40 this morning (16 August) from a member of the public after they saw swimmer in difficulty in the water at Caitiosbhal loch on the Isle of Lewis.”

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