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Man missing overnight after two rescued in Firth of Clyde

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Image caption HM Coastguard and police are involved in the search off Gourock

Rescuers have halted their search for a man missing in the Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland.

Two men were recovered from a vessel near Cardwell Bay, Gourock, on Saturday night.

But one man, who was in a separate boat, has not been found during the search which has involved an RNLI lifeboat and coastguard helicopter.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it had "terminated" the operation pending further information.

The alarm was raised at about 23:35 on Saturday when Greenock Coastguard were called to two small drifting vessels.

Two men aged 33 and 36 were helped from one of the boats by Helensburgh RNLI lifeboat.

They were passed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service and the lifeboat returned to search for the third man on the second boat.

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter, Police Scotland, Ministry of Defence police and coastguard teams from Kilgreggan and Greenock also joined the search.

A RNLI spokesman said weather conditions at the time were poor with heavy rain, force five to seven winds and poor visibility.

The search was stood down at 04:00 due to darkness and weather conditions, according to Greenock Coastguard.

Image copyright Greenock Coastguard Rescue Team

It resumed on Sunday though stormy weather conditions meant the helicopter could not take part.

An MCA spokeswoman said they had carried out an extensive search of both shorelines in the area up towards the Erskine Bridge.

However, the missing man had not been found.

"The decision has been taken to terminate the search, pending any further information," she added. "Our thoughts are with the family at this time."

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