Authorities in Loch Ness launched a major search operation yesterday, after the coastguard intercepted a mysterious distress signal emanating from the region.
RNLI crews carried out an extensive search of the loch and part of the Moray Firth after the distress call was detected, according to STV News. Though the signal originated from a radio somewhere in the Inverness area, it didn’t include a location, as is normal. RNLI crews were left confused and extended their search of the loch.
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Coastguard officials were able to track down the previous owner of the radio which sent the distress call, locating him in Kent, and he asserted that he sold the device a decade ago. Though they are uncertain of the signal’s Provence, Loch Ness authorities believe that it may have originated from a vessel in Inverness Marina as it underwent recent maintenance, according to the Aberdeen Press and Journal.
“Coastguard officers were able to trace the registered owner of the VHF radio but he lived in Kent and had sold the vessel containing the radio ten years ago,” a spokesman noted. “The radio system is an excellent safety device but it is imperative that the registered owner is kept up to date and have a valid contact number. It is thought that this signal may have originated when power was briefly restored to a vessel, possibly when it was having pre-season checks and maintenance carried out.”
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Recently, it was revealed that evidence pertaining to Loch Ness’ famous monster was inadvertently destroyed after it was collected in the late 1970s. As the Inquisitr previously reported, a rented pleasure boat collided with an unknown object in Loch Ness in 1978, leading to one passenger’s fatal heart attack. Stanley Roberts, now 85, who owned the rental boat, asserted that the collision wounded the monster, leaving flesh and black skin over an inch thick attached to the propshaft. The evidence, which could have potentially proven the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, was lost when workers fixing the vessel disposed of it by throwing it into the Caledonian Canal.
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Though there have been countless sightings over the years, researcher George Edwards revealed in 2012 what he asserts is the clearest photo yet taken of the Loch Ness Monster.
[Image: RNLI via STV News]