Vessel back in water by accident
A Loch Lomond paddle steamer due to undergo a historic slipping has accidentally ended up in the water after restraints broke.
The Maid of the Loch, pictured, was due to be hauled out of the water by its original winch house at the Balloch Steam Slipway yesterday for refurbishment work to be carried out.
The four-hour process began at 10am, but just after 1.30pm a problem arose and the cradle supporting the 191ft vessel snapped and it slipped back into the loch.
Some volunteers on the slipway had to jump out of the way of the ship as it slid back down into the water.
With only a few hours of daylight left, a decision was made to return the Maid to its usual berth while crew members examined what went wrong.