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Mystery surrounds death of mum who went missing off coast of Scotland

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Mystery continues to surround the death of an experienced diver who went missing off the coast of Scotland. Linda Fentum vanished during a diving holiday near Kinlochbervie in the west Highlands sparking a 'mayday' emergency response.

A full-scale coastguard rescue operation was launched when the 62-year-old, also known as Linda Prenter, failed to resurface from the water at around 11am on Thursday, July 1, 2020.

The mum-of-one - who was from Malvern in Worcestershire - was a passionate scuba diver, reports Birmingham Live. She was a commercial douser and water diviner - and one of the final posts on her Facebook page was a photo of the sea with her caption: "Can’t live without it".Tributes for the NHS IT trainer flooded in from devastated friends and family following the tragic news.Linda was described as “fun”, “always on the go”, “a continual source of inspiration” and “the first one to let her hair down”.Reports are being compiled for a coroner into the events that unfolded last summer when the Maritime and Coastguard Agency raised the alarm.Police Scotland said a multi-agency search was carried out involving Coastguard rescue teams, a helicopter and the RNLI.They added that Linda was part of a group on a dive vessel near Kinlochbervie but failed to resurface.Kinlochbervie and Melness coastguard rescue teams, Lochinver RNLI lifeboat and the search and rescue helicopter from Stornoway were sent to the scene.A Marine and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said at the time that a mayday call was put out to any nearby vessels to request their assistance in the search.

The coastguard emergency tow vessel and Ievoli Black also joined the search effort further offshore.They spokesperson added: “Despite the extensive search of

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