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Lifeboat crews, fishermen and a coastguard helicopter are searching the sea north of Tarbert for two fishermen.
Four lifeboats: the inshore and all weather boats from Campbeltown, Arran and Tignabruich crews were tasked, at about 7pm, after a distress signal was received from a vessel which had rescued a man in the water.
The man told the crew his boat had capsized with two others on board.
Fishing boats involved in the search include the Destiny, Catriona, Caledonia, Silver Fern and Northern River. In addition a CalMac ferry Loch Riddon is searching.
Coastguard rescue teams from Tarbert, Kames, Inveraray and Crinan are also involved in the search operation.
The boats are searching in a parallel pattern north to south in an area of Kilbrannan Sound where the water depth is up to 450ft.
The man rescued from the water was taken to hospital.