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RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat called to aid of missing diver and grounded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Lerwick Lifeboat launched earlier today to go to the aid of a diver reported missing south of the island of Bressay.

RNLI/Bob Kerr

Lerwick Lifeboat returns to harbour after a call-out for a missing diver, who was found safe and well.
Lerwick Lifeboat crew launched at around 11.40am at the request of the Coastguard, following a report of a diver who was overdue from a dive charter vessel, around one nautical mile from Bard Head on Bressay.

The missing diver was soon located on surface and the male diver appeared well but had been in the water for some time. He was taken aboard the lifeboat and returned to Lerwick Harbour at around 12.40pm where he was passed into the care of the ambulance service for a medical check.

Today’s call-out follows the grounding of a nine-metre Norwegian yacht yesterday morning, at around 4am north of Lerwick Harbour. The yacht had become stuck fast on a submerged rock on approach to the harbour and the crew had contacted the coastguard for assistance.

Lerwick Lifeboat launched and using the inflatable ‘Y-boat’, lifeboat crew were able to take the three uninjured crew from the stricken vessel on board the lifeboat.

The lifeboat stood by as the rising tide eventually re-floated the yacht at around 8.15am. With no obvious damage to the hull, the yacht was taken under tow into Lerwick marina and the crew returned to the vessel.

Stephen Manson, Coxswain said: “Our volunteer crew are always on call to respond to any call for assistance. We’re pleased with the outcome of both these incidents, which could have been very different. The skippers of both vessels did the right thing in contacting the Coastguard as soon as they knew they needed assistance.”

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