The family of a north-east man who died in a helicopter crash have paid tribute to the “larger than life” character.
Peter Clunas, 59, from Newburgh, died in the incident on North Uist yesterday.
His family today said: “We would like to thank emergency services for all their efforts at the scene of the accident.
“Peter was a larger than life character who loved flying. He was a keen cyclist and swimmer.
“He will be missed by all who knew him.”
He leaves a partner Angela and two sons Alasdair and Bob from his previous marriage to Jane.
Mr Clunas was the sole occupant of the helicopter when it came down into the water at Loch Scadavay.
Western Isles area commander Chief Inspector Ian Graham said: “Our thoughts remain with Mr Clunas’s family and friends at this difficult time, as well as the local community on North Uist.
“I would also take the opportunity to express our thanks to the members of the public who assisted at the scene during this tragic incident.
“Our inquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing and officers have been liaising with partner agencies, including the Air Accident Investigation Branch which has attended at the scene today.”