A rescue operation has been launched in Orkney after a “medical emergency” at a pier.
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.
Their current condition is unknown at this time, as are the circumstances.
In a statement, a spokesman for HM Coastguard said: “HM Coastguard has been responding to a medical emergency on a vessel near Houton this morning, October 27.
“Alerted at around 10am, coastguard rescue teams from Kirkwall and Stromness, the lifeboat from Stromness and the coastguard rescue helicopter from Sumburgh were sent to the scene.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Around 10.35am on Friday, October 27, we were made aware of concern for two people being brought by boat to Houton Pier, Orkney.
“Emergency services are in attendance.”
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