Body found after major search

The body of a man was recovered off Point yesterday (Wednesday) after a large scale search for an overdue sailor.

At 6.52pm on Tuesday night, Stornoway Coastguard received a report of an overdue boat which set off from the Brevig Pier on the Isle of Lewis. A major search and rescue operation was carried out utilising Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat, Coastguard Rescue Teams from Stornoway, Ness, South Lochs, Miavaig, Tarbert, Bragar, Breasclete, Coastguard Helicopter R948, Hebrides Search and Rescue and Police Scotland. The search was stood down overnight and resumed by all units on Wednesday morning.

At 8.50an, the missing boat was found submerged by Stornoway RNLI off the area of Point, Isle of Lewis. The body of a man has sadly been recovered not far from where the boat was located. The man’s next of kin have been informed of the circumstances.

No further details regarding his identity will be release at this stage. Enquiries are ongoing into this matter and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.