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Seahouses lifeboat launched to report of missing divers at Farne Islands

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.23pm on Saturday 22 July, UK Coastguard requested the launch of both Seahouses lifeboats, to the report from a diver support boat, that two of their divers, diving near the Harcar Rocks at the Farne Islands, were missing and now overdue by 45 minutes.

Both Seahouses lifeboats were launched, and the Berwick all-weather lifeboat was also launched, as the UK Coastguard began to prepare a major search of the Farne Islands area.

Visibility was good, but sea conditions were poor and rough in places, and nearing the limitation for the inshore lifeboat.

As the lifeboats were about to begin their search, the divers were located near the Pinnacles at Staple Island.

Seahouses lifeboats checked the divers did not require medical assistance, and they were returned to their diver support vessel, which returned them to Beadnell. Berwick lifeboat, which was still underway from Berwick, was also stood down and returned to station.

The Seahouses lifeboats also returned to station, and were refuelled and ready for service at 14.30pm that day.

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