RNLI Longhope in painstaking search for missing diver

Lifeboats News Release

Longhope RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 2.51 pm on Sunday 27 June and requested to attend Scapa Flow in search of an overdue diver.

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Helen Comrie leaving Longhope Pier
All weather lifeboat Helen Comrie was launched shortly after 3 pm and was joined in Scapa Flow by the Stromness lifeboat, a coastguard helicopter and several other local boats. They were later joined by the lifeboat & volunteer crew from RNLI Thurso.

An extensive search was carried out in the area close to the Barrel of Butter and the Island of Cava, with the Longhope volunteer crew continuing in service until the early hours of the morning. Sadly, despite a formidable & sustained effort, the missing diver was not located. 




RNLI/Andy Fellows

Helen Comrie Leaving Longhope for Scapa Flow

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