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Body found east of Bressay

SHETLAND police have reported that a body has been found by people searching for missing creel fisherman Neil Smith.

The experienced single handed fisherman has not been seen since Thursday last week when he set off to work east of the isle of Bressay in his 10 metre vessel Breadwinner.

The following morning Shetland coastguard found the empty hull of the boat grounded on Grif Skerry, east of Whalsay.

A huge air, sea and land search failed to find the 54 year old and the official search was called off last weekend, but fishermen and Mr Smith’s family kept up the search.

This week divers retrieved the boat’s computer hard drive which identified the last place where Mr Smith was before he disappeared.

It is understood that today fishermen searching the area east of Bressay found a body amongst creels. Police said that formal identification had yet to take place.

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