Police and Coastguard teams worked together yesterday (Thursday February 28th) after a report that a box of live marine flares had gone missing between Stornoway and Ness.

Police asked for Coastguard assistance when a man who had been towing a small boat from the town to Ness contacted them at 1.30pm to say the flares had gone missing, apparently having fallen from his boat somewhere on his journey.

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ness and Stornoway retraced the route but were unable to find the flares.

A coastguard spokesman said the yellow tub contained two smoke flares, two hand-held flares and two red flares.

Police have advised that anyone who finds the box or its contents should not touch them, but should contact Stornoway Coastguard to arrange for their safe recovery.