Possible missing kayaker in Sound of Iona

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Lifeboat teams and coastguards in the Mull area are on the look out for a missing kayaker after an empty vessel was spotted in the Sound of Iona.

Tobemory RNLI  were called out to the area last night alongside  colleagues from the Ross of Mull, Tobermory and Craignure Coastguard rescue teams.

A report had been received that a kayaker had been seen to leave the island of Erraid heading for Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull earlier in the evening.

However, his empty kayak had been spotted adrift in the Sound of Iona near to Fidden Farm Campsite.

Despite an extensive search, nothing was found and the kayak when it was recovered was found to have its paddles stowed.

Tobermory RNLI Coxswain, David McHaffie said: ‘Although sea conditions were good, it was an unusually dark night for this time of year which made searching challenging for both our crew and the Coastguard teams, and the coastline in the area is also very rugged and remote.

‘We are hopeful that the kayaker is safely ashore. If anyone has any information which may assist, please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

The search is resuming this morning but anyone with information that may assist, should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.