Parts of a wind turbine being transported to the Western Isles have been lost in the North Sea

Parts of a wind turbine due to be built in the Scottish Western Isles have been lost overboard from a ship in the North Sea.

The loss of the parts, which were being transported from Denmark by a German-registered ship, is likely to delay plans for the first operational wind farm on the isle of Lewis.

The site in Lewis was awarded planning permission to build three wind turbines with a total output of 3.9 megawatts three years ago.

A spokesperson for Forest Investment Management (FIM), which owns the site, confirmed the loss of the parts and said it would have an impact on the erection of the turbines.

It had been hoped to have the site ready by 28 November, but it is thought it will be delayed until next year.

A local company had started building the turbines on the island but the contract was later removed after it got into financial difficulties.