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Debris found in search for missing speedboat with two men on board off Scotland

A large-scale sea search is taking place for two men missing on a speedboat trip off the south-west of Scotland.

The Coastguard was alerted on Saturday evening when the boat was reported overdue from Port Logan, Dumfries and Galloway. Crews from Northern Ireland have been taking part in the operation. It has been reported that some debris has been found.

Two helicopters and lifeboats searched the water overnight, following the boat's known and projected movements.

Police Scotland said two men, aged 46 and 35, had launched the boat on Saturday morning, believed to be heading towards Stranraer.

Around 10 rescue teams have been involved in the search and returned to the water on Sunday.

Police Scotland Inspector Claire Walker said: "We can confirm that Police Scotland is supporting a search operation after a 46-year-old man and a 35-year-old man launched a speed boat at Port Logan with the intention of going on a leisure trip.

"Their destination was unknown, however, it is believed the boat was launched at around 0900 on Saturday May 6 from Port Logan in the direction of Stranraer.

"Since the matter was reported to the Coastguard at 6.15pm on Saturday evening, we have been working with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the RNLI to trace the men safe and well.

"Inquiries are ongoing."

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