Search for missing diver continues after Coastguard teams stand down

The investigation has been handed to Police Scotland who say enquiries are ongoing after the diver disappeared on Thursday.

Search for missing diver in Orkney continues after Coastguard teams stand down HM Coastguard

Searches for a missing diver in Orkney are continuing after the alarm was first raised on Thursday morning.

Coastguard and RNLI teams were alerted along with Police Scotland after the diver did not return to a boat around 11.10am.

Despite searches through the day, HM Coastguard stood down operations around 9.30pm.

However, Police Scotland say investigations are ongoing.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said: “HM Coastguard has been coordinating the search for a diver that was reported overdue from a vessel in Scapa Flow on Thursday.

“The alarm was raised at about 11.10am and assets sent to assist with the search included lifeboats from Stromness and Longhope RNLI, Coastguard helicopters from Inverness, Stromness and Sumburgh and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Kirkwall, Hoy and Stromness.

“Vessels in the area were also asked to assist with the search. The search and rescue was terminated at around 9.30pm.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 1.55pm on Thursday, September 28, 2023, we were made aware of a diver missing in Scapa Flow. Enquiries are ongoing.”

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