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Loch Ness hunters find a 30ft beast from 1970 film

By Lucy Christie

Nessie hunters were disappointed when monster remains uncovered at the bottom of Loch Ness turned out to be a 1970s film prop.

The 30ft model is thought to have sunk after the shooting of The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes directed by Hollywood great Billy Wilder.

It was found on the loch bed during the latest survey of the 755ft deep stretch of water. A marine robot named Munin is being used to explore areas which have not been reached before.

A spokesman for VisitScotland said: "Although it is the shape of Nessie, it is not the remains of the monster that has mystified the world for 80 years, but a star of the silver screen."

Christopher Lee starred in the 1970 film where the monster turned out to be a disguised naval submarine.

Discoveries already made in Loch Ness include a crashed Second World War bomber and parts of the speed record attempt craft Crusader that crashed at more than 200mph in 1952.

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