A man has tragically died after falling into water off South Uist earlier this afternoon.
A multi-agency search and rescue operation had been launched to provide assistance to the man, but he died as a result of the incident.
The incident is understood to have occurred shortly before 1pm at Loch Carnan.
A police spokesman said: “Police Scotland was made aware of the sudden death of a man, whose body was recovered from the shoreline at Loch Carnan off South Uist around 1.30pm on Wednesday, July 24.
“Assistance was provided by the HM Coastguard and the Scottish Ambulance Service.
“His next of kin are aware.
“Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances, although there are no apparent suspicious circumstances.
“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”
Rescue teams from Benbecula and Lochboisdale coastguard rescue teams were joined by the Barra lifeboat, as well as the search and rescue helicopter from Stornoway.
The Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland were also involved in the incident.
A coastguard spokeswoman confirmed they were made aware of the incident after receiving a VHF radio call just before 1pm reporting “a person in difficulty in the water at Loch Carnan.”