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Police name men found dead after speedboat goes missing

A speedboat went missing off the coast of Scotland Photo: PA

The two men found dead after a speedboat went missing off the south-west of Scotland have been named.

The bodies of Sandy Hamilton, 35, and Kevin James McKinlay, 46, were recovered from the Irish Sea on Sunday following a large-scale search.

The search began on Saturday night when the boat was reported overdue from Port Logan, Dumfries and Galloway.

Overnight, two HM Coastguard helicopters and lifeboats searched the waters for the two men aged 46 and 35.

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

Police confirmed the pair were from Larkhall near Glasgow.

The two men set off in their boat from Port Logan Credit: ITV Border

"The bodies were recovered two and a half miles off the Galloway coast and fragments of the boat have been found.

"Investigations are continuing and I'd urge people taking to the water to make sure they are prepared. The RNLI are there to be used - there is no incident too small if you think you might be in danger.

"Even when the weather is warm the sea temperatures can be very cold."

– Chief Inspector Mark Hollis, Police Scotland
Chief Inspector Mark Hollis at Port Logan Credit: ITV Border

Earlier, Police Scotland said the men launched the speedboat with the intention of going on a leisure trip and were believed to be heading towards Stranraer.

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

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

A coastguard spokeswoman described the search as "extensive".

Portpatrick, Stranraer, Ballantrae, Isle of Whithorn and Bangor Coastguard rescue teams were involved, along with lifeboats from Port William, Stranraer, Donaghadee, Ramsey and Peel.

Two HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopters from Prestwick and Caernarfon, along with Police Scotland, have also been involved.

– Coastguard spokesperson