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Gairloch canoe deaths: Further searches for Ewen Beaton

Ewen Beaton, sons Ewen and Jamie, and Gracie Mackay
Image caption Ewen Beaton, sons Ewen and Jamie, and Gracie Mackay

Police and the coastguard are to continue searches for the body of a man following a boating accident that killed his two sons and a young girl.

Ewen Beaton, five, Jamie Beaton, two, and Gracie Mackay, five, died in hospital following the accident at Loch Gairloch in the Highlands on Sunday.

The body of the boys' father, Ewen Beaton, 32, remains missing.

Grampian Police Underwater Search Unit has completed its search of the sea loch using sonar equipment.

Members of Skywatch, a volunteer aerial search organisation, have made sweeps of the sea and coastline north of the scene of the accident.

Northern Constabulary, which is coordinating the searches, said work would continue over the weekend, with further searches planned.

The Beatons, from near Beauly, and Mackays, from Muir of Ord, were on a day trip and had gone out in a Canadian canoe.

After the craft overturned, Gracie's sister and father managed to alert the coastguard when they reached the shore.

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