Page last updated at 17:35 GMT, Saturday, 3 October 2009 18:35 UK

Bad weather hampers diver search

MCA helicopter
The weather was too bad for the coastguard helicopter

The search for a diver who went missing off the most westerly point on the British mainland has been suspended.

The man was reported missing on Friday afternoon, when his wife raised the alarm after he failed to return home from diving at Ardnamurchan Point.

The search continued on Saturday with Kilchoan and Fort William coastguard rescue teams sent to the area.

But the search was called off for the night at 1500 BST on Saturday, due to "horrendous" weather conditions.

It was also too windy and wet for the coastguard helicopter to be sent out.

A Clyde coastguard spokesman said: "The search has been called off for the afternoon, but it will resume in the morning. We haven't found anything yet.

"The weather has been horrendous today."

The waters around Argyll are popular with divers because of the wide variety of experiences on offer, with shipwrecks, sea walls, sea life and scenic underwater views all available there.

The missing man is described as having more than 40 years' experience as a diver.

The man, who had a spear gun with him, was known to be diving in the bay to the south of the lighthouse at Ardnamurchan Point.

Meanwhile, the search was continuing for an 82-year-old man who was missing on Skye.

He failed to return from a walk near the Kinloch Lodge Hotel, on the Sleat Peninsula, on Friday.

The Skye mountain rescue team, coastguard and RAF helicopters were involved in the operation on Saturday.



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