Highlands & Islands

Body find after Inverness canal car plunge

Search of canal. Pic: RNLI
Image caption Lifeboat volunteers at the scene of the incident

Police divers have found the body of a man inside a car which had been spotted going into the Caledonian Canal.

The incident began in Inverness at about 11:27 on Wednesday, when members of the public reported seeing a 4X4 falling from the road into the water.

Police and firefighters were assisted by RNLI Kessock lifeboat crew and a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth as they searched the Muirtown locks.

Divers from Grampian Police located the body late on Wednesday evening.

Officers from Northern Constabulary had reported that CCTV footage from a nearby taxi company appeared to show a vehicle being driven towards the canal.

RNLI Kessock said tyre marks were visible on the ground leading to the water, which is about 6m (20ft) deep.

The dead man has not been formally identified.

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