Published: 22/01/2019 13:00 - Updated: 22/01/2019 10:50

OAP's body recovered from Caledonian Canal

Written byVal Sweeney

 

Clachnaharry
An area next to the canal was cordoned off as a man's body was recovered from the water.

THE body of an 84-year-old man was recovered from the Caledonian Canal in Inverness following an extensive search by the emergency services.

Police officers were joined by firefighters and lifeboat crews along with a coastguard search and rescue helicopter after the man was reported missing by his family in the early hours of Sunday.

It is understood the man, who had not yet been named by the police yesterday, is from the Inverness area.

A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed his body was recovered from the canal in the Clachnaharry area on Sunday evening.

“The recovery followed a search of the area by Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard and the RNLI,” he said.

“There are no suspicious circumstances and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

After the man was reported missing, his abandoned car was found near where the canal joins the Beauly Firth at an area called The Point.

The spot, which was cordoned off, is popular with walkers, joggers and visitors to the area.

Inverness West councillor Graham Ross said: “My thoughts are with his family at this time. It is a tragic situation.”

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