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Families' grief over Loch Eilt deaths

Roderick MacInnes and Kirsty Bryden
Image caption Roderick MacInnes and Kirsty Bryden died from their injuries

The families of a man and a woman who died after the car they were in crashed into a loch have spoken of their grief.

Roderick MacInnes, 21, and restaurant worker Kirsty Bryden, 20, both of Lochailort, died on Tuesday night.

Their car came off the A830 road between Fort William and Mallaig and went into Loch Eilt.

In a statement, their families said they and their friends - as well as the local communities in the area - were "deeply saddened" by the deaths.

They said: "We are all extremely thankful to everyone for their thoughts and best wishes.

"At this time we need to try to come to terms with our tragic loss and we now ask to be given time to grieve."

Mr MacInnes and Ms Bryden were taken to hospital in Fort William after the crash but died of their injuries.

Northern Constabulary said only one car was involved in the crash and inquiries were continuing.

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