Loch Etive search after person seen in the water

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A search was under way for two canoeists on Loch Etive on Monday, following a report of a person in the water.

But it was quickly determined they had left the area before the arrival of rescue teams from the RNLI, Coastguard and police.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘Around 10.55am on Monday, May 16, police were called to a report of concern for a man and a woman in an open canoe on Loch Etive.’

After 4pm, the police added: ‘A thorough search was carried out with no trace of anyone in the area and has now been stood down.

‘If any further information is received then officers will act upon it.’

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson added: ‘At approximately 11am today, HM Coastguard were alerted to a report of two people in the water in Loch Etive at Taynuilt.

‘Oban Coastguard Rescue Team and lifeboat crew were sent, alongside the search and rescue helicopter from Inverness and Police Scotland, to conduct a search and gather further information.

‘It was determined the people had left the area before the arrival of teams and the search was stood down.’