Stromness RNLI Volunteers Search for Overdue Diver

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday evening the volunteer crew of Stromness lifeboat - Violet Dorothy and Kathleen were asked by the coastguard to search for a missing diver in Scapa Flow.

Lifeboat shown at full speed with Orkney hills in the background

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Violet Dorothy and Kathleen at full speed
The easing of lockdown has meant a sudden resurgence of recreational diving in Scapa Flow, Orkney. People come from all over the world in normal times to explore the wrecks of the WW1 German battle fleet lying in accesssible depths in Scapa Flow. This Saturday a diver was reported missing so the Stromness lifeboat went out to help in the search - in an area only ten minutes steaming from the station. Happily the diver was soon reported safe and well so the crew stood down and returned the boat to station. Thank you to all concerned for their prompt action once again.

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