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RNLI Longhope Lifeboat requested to launch by Coastguard

Lifeboats News Release

A single islolated mayday call initiates coastal search in Scapa Flow

Today at 08.22 RNLI Longhope Lifeboat was requested to launch by Shetland Coastguard. The Coastguard and two local fishermen had been alerted this morning by a single mayday call but no following communications were heard from the caller.
Longhope lifeboat carried out a coastal search along the east side of Scapa Flow from Herston to Ham then continued the search around Flotta and to the east of Fara. Stromness lifeboat was also launched and involved in the search.
Coxswain of Longhope lifeboat Kevin Kirkpatrick said: 'Sea conditions and visibility were good today but we could find no vessels in distress.'
The search was eventually called off and both lifeboats returned to their stations. Longhope lifeboat was refuelled and ready again for service at 10.50.

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