On the morning of the September 28, at 11:10 a.m., British coastguard received an alert about a missing scuba diver on Scapa Flow. Rescue teams immediately launched a search operation for the missing diver. The rescuers ended their efforts the same day a few hours after sunset, around 9:30 pm.
According to available information, the missing man was diving from the boat together with other scuba divers. When he did not return to the surface, the other people on the boat alerted the rescue authorities.
The search for the missing man involved helicopters from Inverness, Stromness and Sumburgh, and was supported by rescue teams from Kirkwall, Hoy and Stromness. RNLI rescue teams from Stromness and Longhope also took part in the search operation.
Scottish police are carrying out an investigation of the case.
Scapa Flow is one of the most popular wreck diving sites in the world. The magnificent wrecks from both world wars attract divers from all over the world to dive here. However, you need to be an experienced and properly trained diver to safely enjoy the historical heritage resting on the seabed. Conditions in local waters can change very quickly and may be quite a challenge for any diver.
Head photo: Ben W Bell, CC BY-SA 3.0
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