INTERNET giants Google have apologised for “losing” one of Scotland’s most famous islands.
The firm’s hugely popular maps site shows that Jura, off the west coast, has sunk beneath the waves.
Shocked locals and tourists alike have been looking for the island to find that only the main road is snaking across the Atlantic.
Told about the apparent sinking of Jura, a spokeswoman for Google said: “That doesn’t sound good!”
She later added: “Sorry about that. We’re aware of the problem, and our engineers are beavering away to fix it.
“We hope to have the map of Jura back to normal as soon as possible.”
Lisa McDonald, who works at the Jura Hotel, was able to reassure the rest of Scotland that neither she nor any of her 187 fellow islanders had drowned.
“It’s definitely still here,” she said. “ I’m on it at the moment. We’re all safe and sound.”
She did urge, however, that Google “should sort it out soon”.
Jura, in the Inner Hebrides, is a lot of island for anyone to lose, measuring 31 miles long and with its highest point a substantial 785 metres.
It was where George Orwell penned 1984 – having narrowly survived an encounter with the notorious Corryvreckan whirlpool.
Jura is not the first island to suffer at the hands of Google.
In 2010, two French islands off the coast of Newfoundland disappeared