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A former tourism chief found his car underwater at Portavadie slip after going to get a cuppa.
Ex-high ranking civil servant Peter McKinlay, a one-time chief of Scottish prisons and head of the Scottish Tourist Board in the year 2000, was travelling to a 60th anniversary school reunion in Campbeltown.
Mr McKinlay, 77, from Edinburgh, had planned to take three ferries, including one from Portavadie to Tarbert, to cut his driving distance.
Arriving at Portavadie, he parked on the slip with the handbrake applied but possibly the tide was out. He went to buy a coffee but returned to find his car half underwater.
He rushed to get help but on his return found it fully submerged. Ferries were cancelled until 6pm when the vehicle was removed.