RNLI Longhope in painstaking search for missing diver
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.
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.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.