Kinlochbervie: Search for diver missing off Sutherland coast

Emergency services have launched a search for a diver reported missing off the Sutherland coast in the Scottish highlands.

The alarm was raised at about 11am, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The diver, who was part of a group, was reported missing when they failed to resurface by the dive vessel they were using close to Kinlochbervie.

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Police Scotland, coastguard rescue teams from Kinlochbervie and Melness, a helicopter and the Lochinver RNLI lifeboat have all been deployed as part of a multi-agency response.

An MCA spokesperson said: "A mayday call has been put out to any nearby vessels to request their assistance in a search.

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"The coastguard emergency tow vessel, Ievoli Black, has also joined the search effort further offshore."

It comes after the death of David Pleace, aged 57, a diver from Derby, Orkney, who had been reported missing Sunday, 27 June.

Police Scotland, coastguard rescue teams from Kinlochbervie and Melness, a helicopter and the Lochinver RNLI lifeboat have all been deployed as part of a multi-agency response.

His body was found on Monday.

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