06/08/2003

Teenager missing near Loch Lomond

A joint search operation involving Clyde Coastguard and the police has been launched after a 15-year-old boy was reported missing while holidaying with his family near Loch Lomond.

The boy was last seen at 4.45pm on Tuesday evening on the opposite shore of Loch Lomond from Ardlui.

Strathclyde police issued a request for assistance at around 04.00am this morning seeking assistance on a coastline search of the Loch.

The boy is described as around 5'4", slim build with black hair and brown eyes and was wearing khaki coloured tracksuit trousers.

Clyde Coastguard has tasked coastguard rescue teams from Lochgoil, Helensburgh, Kilcreggan and Greenock to the scene. Also involved in the search are Strathclyde police underwater unit, Strathclyde police helicopter and members of the Strathclyde Police Mountain Rescue Team, Arrochar mountain rescue team and Lomond mountain rescue team.

Anyone with information should contact Dumbarton Police Office on 01389 822000.

(GMcG)

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