A diver has died and another has been taken to hospital following a “medical emergency” at a pier in Orkney.
Rescue teams from Kirkwall and Stromness were scrambled to Houton Pier at around 10.35am on Friday to assist two casualties.
Police confirmed the casualties involved were taken onboard a local vessel before being taken back to shore.
One diver, a 58-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second diver, also a man, was taken to hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown.
The death is being treated as unexplained at this time.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 10.35am on Friday, October 27, 2023, we were made aware of concern for two divers being brought by boat to Houton Pier, Orkney.
“Emergency services attended, and one man was taken to hospital for treatment.
“The second male diver, aged 58, was pronounced dead at the scene and his next of kin are aware.
“The death is being treated as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing.
“A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”
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