Emergency services converged on the pier at Loch Dunvegan yesterday (Saturday 1st September)
About 1330 hours on Saturday concerns were raised by a member of the public regarding an unmanned recreational fishing boat off the pier at Loch Dunvegan.
Other boats in the area had reported a fishing boat with two lines out and a dog on board but no person to be seen.
Emergency services including Coastguard and RNLI lifeboats from Portree and Leverburgh were subsequently mobilised to carry out searches in the immediate area.
Around 1510 hours the body of a 68-year-old male was recovered in proximity to the fishing boat by the Leverburgh lifeboat crew, but despite resuscitation efforts, was later confirmed to be deceased.
There are no apparent suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
The family have requested that their privacy be respected at this time.
No further details are currently being released at the request of the family.
Leverburgh lifeboat was back at the pier in its home port by 6.20pm. A crew spokesman today (Sunday September 2nd) said: “We are all deeply saddened by the outcome, despite everyone’s best efforts. This was a multi-agency shout and all involved are to be commended. We are thinking of everybody affected at this sad time; the family, friends, and community who are in mourning. Our chaplain, Rev. Mark MacLeod, prayed for all involved in his sermon this morning.”
(Further details have been added since this report was first posted.)