A Lochaber fishing village is mourning the death of a local fisherman who was found in the water yesterday afternoon.
Emergency services were called to Mallaig after a man and a boat were discovered at the harbour entrance.
It is understood he was spotted by a passing boat and the crew raised the alarm at about 2.30pm yesterday (Thursday).
Police have not released his name, but he was last night named locally as William Grant – known as Willie.
Mr Grant, a single man in his mid-60s, came from a big fishing family and was born and bred in Mallaig.
Mallaig Lifeboat was launched just before 2.40pm and police, coastguard and ambulance personnel attended at the scene.
A police spokesman confirmed that the body of a man understood to be in his 60s was recovered from Mallaig Harbour at around 2.40pm.
He said: “Next of kin have been informed and inquiries are continuing.”
Caol and Mallaig councillor Allan Henderson said: “Anything like this casts a gloom over the village as everyone knows everyone.
“The village has always worked around the fishing.
“They have been used to tragedy over the years, but each one is never any less hard to take than the others.
“My sympathies go out to his family and friends.”
Mallaig was once Europe’s busiest herring port, while today its fishing fleet goes out after prawns and other shellfish.