UNDERWATER divers drafted to Loch Gairloch to help search for missing Beauly man Ewen Beaton who was involved in a canoeing tragedy have failed in their efforts to recover him.
Northern Constabulary say The Grampian Underwater Search Team, who arrived on the scene on Wednesday evening, concluded their search using sonar equipment this afternoon - but to no avail.
Meanwhile police and Maritime and Coastguard personnel have been carrying out searches in similar areas to those which have already been checked earlier this week, such as areas around Longa Island and the area immediately north along the coastline towards Melvaig.
Skywatch also carried out an aerial search further north of the accident scene, along the coastline.
A spokesperson for Northern Constabulary said work will continue over the weekend and more searches are planned.
Thirty-two-year-old Ewen Beaton has not been seen since entering the water during Sunday’s tragic accident which claimed the lives of three young children - two of which were his own sons - in the sea loch just off Big Sands Caravan Park, Gairloch.
Ewen Beaton (5) and Jamie Beaton (2) drowned during the incident. Five-year-old Grace Mackay lost her fight for life in Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital on Monday afternoon.
She was also on the boat along with dad Garry (36) and sister Callie (8), who both swam to shore and raised the alarm after their Canadian canoe capsized at around 4.15pm.