Coastguard, RNLI and Royal Navy fail to find the yachtsman missing off the Isle of Arran

The search for a man missing near the Isle of Arran has been scaled back after a 48 hour search.

The investigation has been handed over to the police after the Coastguard, Royal Navy and RNLI launched a fruitless search of the air, sea and shoreline.

The alarm was raised on Wednesday after the crew of the fishing vessel Scotia Star spotted the unmanned yacht Cena and reported it to the Coastguard, who towed the abandoned yacht back to harbour.
 
The man was last seen in Lochranza at around lunchtime. It’s thought he fell overboard some time before the yacht was noticed at 2.20pm.
 
Clyde Coastguard watch manager Irene Reid told the BBC:

“The police have informed the missing man’s next of kin and the incident has now been passed to Strathclyde Police for further inquiries.”

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