Divers involved in an underwater search after a tugboat capsized have recovered two bodies.
The boat sank last night in the Firth of Clyde near Greenock, Inverclyde, sparking a major search and rescue operation.
Police Scotland, the coastguard and RNLI had all been called out to the scene after the boat went under the water at the Custom House Quay.
Efforts resumed again at 8am this morning, with divers later recovering two bodies.
It had been understood two people were on the boat when it capsized.
On Friday evening, a coastguard spokesman told how its rescue teams from both Helensburgh and Greenock had been scrambled, along with a lifeboat from Helensburgh RNLI and the coastguard helicopter from Prestwick.
The spokesman added: ‘Multiple vessels on the Clyde in the vicinity of the incident also responded, including an MoD Police vessel.’
Police Scotland confirmed on Friday that officers from the force’s dive and marine unit and the air support unit had been involved in the search operation.
West Scotland MSP Neil Bibby tweeted earlier: ‘Very concerning news about the distressing accident off Greenock.
‘My thoughts are with the crew, their families and the rescue team at this worrying time.’
A coastguard spokesman had said this morning: ‘HM Coastguard has been responding to reports of a capsized vessel off Custom House Quay in Greenock today, February 24.
‘It is believed the vessel had two crew members onboard.
‘Just before 3.30pm coastguard rescue teams from Helensburgh and Greenock, a lifeboat from Helensburgh RNLI and the coastguard helicopter from Prestwick were sent to assist and searched the area.
‘Multiple vessels on the Clyde in the vicinity of the incident also responded, including an MoD Police vessel.
‘The coastguard’s involvement in the surface search was terminated at 8pm.’
A Police Scotland spokesperson had said: ‘Police were made aware of a tugboat having capsized off Custom House Quay in Greenock around 3.30pm on February 24.
‘Emergency services attended, including HM Coastguard and RNLI.
‘Officers, including Police Scotland’s Dive and Marine Unit and Air Support Unit, have been carrying out searches in the area and these searches will resume on the morning of February 25.
‘Inquiries are ongoing, assisted by partners, to establish the full circumstances.’
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