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Body found in Lower Largo search is missing diver

James Irvine
Image caption James Irvine was thought to have been an experienced diver

Police have confirmed that a body found in the Firth of Forth on Friday was that of a missing scallop diver.

James Irvine, 42, also known as Jim, from the Glenrothes area of Fife, disappeared at 1300 GMT on Thursday off the coast at Lower Largo.

A body was recovered from the water at 1930 GMT on Friday.

A spokesman for Fife Constabulary said family and friends were deeply shocked and saddened.

Extensive searches had been carried out by police divers, supported by Central Scotland Police Diving Team.

A Royal Navy rescue helicopter and Kinghorn Lifeboat were also involved.

On Thursday Forth Coastguard said: "The two men who remained on the boat reported that the man had surfaced during the dive in approximately six metres of water and requested more weights, but did not resurface after this."

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