(Updated below – latest 17.00) There is a major ongoing air sea rescue, with three helicopters involved this morning - off the Isle of Seil in the Slate Islands south of Oban. The coastguard and Oban Mountain Rescue are also involved in the search.
A retired local man, Ian Fullarton who is an officer of the church on Seil, went out kayaking on his own yesterday and has not been seen since.
He is known to be very fit – regularly cycling into Oban and back, so the hope must be that, in an indented island and mainland coastline in the area, he has managed to get safely shore somewhere.
15.15 update: We understand from local sources that a body has been found and that islanders are aware of this. We have asked Strathclyde Police for confirmation.
15.35 update: Strathclyde Police have confirmed that a body has been found in the area the kayaker was proposing to paddle. Until there is a formal identification has been made, Strathclyde Police can obviously release no name.
17.00 update: Oban lifeboat launched at 02.00 this morning to search for the overdue kayaker who had set out from Balvicar on Friday afternoon for a few hours canoeing.
By 09.00 neither lifeboat nor helicopter had spotted anything and the lifeboat returned to Oban to take aboard a largely fresh crew who returned to search a wider area and by this time other local boats had joined in the search.
In the early afternoon, a small private helicopter reported that he had spotted a kayak and person in it some 2 miles West of Insh Island and he hovered over it until the lifeboat came on scene.
This was the missing man who was found to be dead and the body was taken back to Oban and handed over to Police and undertakers.
The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again some 12 hours after launching.
It has to be said that in the toughest times any of us have to contend with, the rescue services, every one of them, are dauntless. And it is clear that here, as in so many cases, private people did absolutely all they could to help. Together, this commitment to the value of life dignifies humanity.