A search is underway to find the owner of a bullet-ridden boat found floating upside down in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland

A search has been launched by the Receiver of Wreck to find the owner of a bullet-ridden boat found floating upside down off the island of Muck in the Small Isles.

The boat was sighted on Wednesday morning and Tobermory’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey was launched to investigate.

On arrival at the scene, the volunteer crew discovered and righted a 14-foot Crestliner aluminium dory with US Coastguard certification markings. There was no sign of the dory’s outboard engine or of anyone having been aboard, but the boat appeared to have been in the water for some time and also had what appeared to be bullet holes through the transom and sides.  

Stornoway Coastguard was informed of the situation and the lifeboat recovered the dory to Tobermory. The Receiver of Wreck is not only trying to find the owner of the dory, but also to solve the mystery of the bullet holes, which may reveal an attempt to deliberately sink it.