Highlands & Islands

Kyle of Lochalsh fire crew called to smoking dummy torpedo

A dummy torpedo used for training submarine crews sparked an emergency in a Highlands village, it has emerged.

Guards at a defence contractor's site at Kyle of Lochalsh raised the alarm after smoke was seen rising from the drone target on Tuesday.

Highlands and Islands Fire Service said the incident was dealt with professionally by the local retained crew and the contractor's staff.

Defence firm QinetiQ said a fault with the device's battery was to blame.

A spokesman said the incident, in a secure area operated by another contractor, was dealt with within 30 minutes.

QinetiQ has launched an investigation into the incident.

Resembling an armed torpedo, the drone is used for training Royal Navy crews.

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