Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat in search for upturned kayak

Lifeboats News Release

Kirkwall RNLI Volunteer crew launched to conduct a search after reports of upturned kayak and possible person in the water near the coast at Deerness on Wednesday afternoon (23 September) were reported to the UK Coastguard.

Kirkwall lifeboat carries out search

Linsey Drever

Kirkwall lifeboat search
The all weather-lifeboat launched shortly after 4.20pm after reports were received by members of the public of an upturned kayak with possible person in the water drifting out to sea off the coast at The Gloup, Deerness.

When rounding Mull Head, Deerness the lifeboat crew began searching the area and were advised by the Coastguard team onshore to head to a position approximately one mile east as they had the object visible.Once the lifeboat arrived on scene appx 1.4 nautical miles north of the Horse of Copinsay they discovered a large dead Risso Dolphin floating on the surface which from a distance resembled an upturned hull.

This was a false alarm with good intent and we would always advise the public if they see or suspect anything around the coast or on the sea to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

The lifeboat returned to station was refuelled and ready for service again by 5.40pm.

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