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Mother fears for son missing on expedition to find Noah’s Ark

A Scottish man on a quest to find the remains of Noah’s Ark has vanished on Mount Ararat, his family said yesterday.

Donald Mackenzie, from Stornoway, was reported missing after he failed to report back from an expedition launched several weeks ago in the Turkish wilderness.

Mount Ararat, near Turkey’s eastern borders with Iran and Armenia, is believed by some to be the final resting place of Noah’s Ark, the vessel in which specimens of all the world’s species were saved from floods, according to the Bible.

Mr Mackenzie, unmarried and in his mid-40s, has dedicated much of his life to uncovering the secrets of the legendary ark. The islander worked on building sites in London to pay for annual treks up the mountain, and his mother said he was an experienced outdoorsman with all of the appropriate equipment.

A friend called Musa who lives in a village at the foot of Mount Ararat raised the alarm after Mr Mackenzie, a Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland member, failed to return as expected.

His mother, the renowned Gaelic singer Maggie Jean, spoke of her fears yesterday that he could by lying injured or dying on the mountain, which is roughly four times the height of Ben Nevis.

• Full story at The Herald.

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