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Volunteer crew of Stromness RNLI lifeboat search for missing man in Scapa Flow

Lifeboats News Release

Stromness RNLI lifeboat - Violet Dorothy and Kathleen - was out on Friday afternoon to search for a man reported missing beside Scapa Flow.

The lifeboat, at full speed, going right to left past a tall, white lighthouse in Scapa Flow

RNLI/Richard Clubley

Stromness lifeboat passing Hoy High Lighthouse heading east in Scapa Flow
After searching along the shore of Scapa Flow, between Waukmill Bay and Deepdale Bay, on the north side of the Flow, the missing man was found safe and well on shore. The lifeboat was stood down and was soon back on her berth in Stromness Harbour.

The small rigid inflatable boat (the Y-boat) was deployed and used in the search. The very skill that had been practised on exercise only a few days earlier.

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