THE body of a young man from Prestonpans who was due to become a dad later this year has been recovered from a loch following a search.

Earlier today, police confirmed that they had  recovered a body from Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute.

It has now been confirmed to be the body of 23-year-old Kieran Cowan, who had been missing since Saturday when the boat he was in capsized.

A statement issued by Police Scotland on behalf of the family said: “The Cowan family confirm the sad loss of our beloved son and brother Kieran Cowan.

“Kieran was elated and looking forward to welcoming a baby daughter later this year with his partner Lisa Reid.

“We are overwhelmed by the love and support from family, friends and the local communities in both Prestonpans and Oban.

"We ask that people respect our privacy at this difficult time and allow us time to grieve.”

Officers from Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency attended Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, after a boat with three men on board capsized at about 4.40pm on Saturday.

Two men, aged 23 and 27, were able to swim to a nearby island.

After raising the alarm, they were rescued and taken by ambulance to Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban and later discharged.

A joint Police Scotland and Marine Accident Investigation Branch inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing.