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Longhope RNLI Lifeboat takes part in search for diver at Scapa Flow.

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Longhope lifeboat was requested to launch yesterday at 4.34pm by UK Coastguard following a report of a diver getting into difficulties and failing to surface.

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat heading out to Scapa Flow.

RNLI/Mary Harris

RNLI Longhope Lifeboat heading out to Scapa Flow.

The crew were tasked to join a search and rescue operation in Scapa Flow with Stromness and Kirkwall Coastguard Rescue Teams, the UK Coastguard SAR helicopter and other dive boats in the vicinity.

The search was triggered when a diver failed to surface after diving on a wreck 1nm NE of Cava Lighthouse.

Once the casualty was located and then recovered by Longhope lifeboat, a paramedic from the UK Coastguard helicopter was winched onto the lifeboat to assess the diver's condition. The casualty was then taken to Stromness.

The lifeboat then returned to station at 8.50pm, refuelled and was ready again for service.

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