Two fishermen missing after boat capsizes in Loch Fyne


A major search for two missing fishermen is set to resume at first light after their boat capsized in Loch Fyne in Argyll and Bute.

A third man was pulled from the water by the crew of a passing boat following a distress call at 18:00 on Thursday.

Campbeltown RNLI Lifeboat has been out all night searching, along with a number of commercial vessels.

A remotely-operated underwater vehicle was used to investigate the fishing vessel on the sea floor.

However, the operation was hampered by poor visibility.

A number of Coastguard rescue teams and RNLI lifeboats are expected to rejoin the search at 08:00.

Joint investigation

The rescued man, who is in a stable condition in hospital. said two other men had been on the 40ft vessel with him when it sank near Barmore Island, north of Tarbert.

RNLI lifeboats from Tighnabruaich, Arran and Campbeltown have been involved in the search, along with the HM Coastguard Prestwick helicopter and Coastguard rescue teams from Tarbert, Kames, Inveraray and Crinan.

On Thursday night a Police Scotland spokesman said: “An extensive search of the area is being carried out and one person has been rescued from the boat.

“He has been taken to Mid Argyll Hospital, Lochgilphead, where medical staff describe his condition as stable at present.

“A joint investigation between police and the marine accident investigation branch is under way to establish the cause of the incident