Orkney diver: Missing man found after 10 hours – BBC News

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Image caption Thurso lifeboat searching the Pentland Firth with Stromness lifeboat in the background

A diver missing for 10 hours in the sea off Orkney has been found “conscious and in a reasonable condition”, the coastguard has said.

Three lifeboats and the two helicopters had been involved in the search in the Pentland Firth off Burwick.

The alarm was raised at 17:20 BST after the diver failed to return to a dive boat in the Pentland Firth.

He was found by a sail training vessel called Yunyi Baltiets two miles east of Duncansby at 03:15.

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Image caption The man was reported missing near Burwick

He has been transferred on to the RNLI Thurso lifeboat, and is being taken to hospital.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is co-ordinating the operation, said RNLI lifeboats from Longhope and Stromness had also been involved in the search.

The coastguard helicopter from Shetland was later joined by a second aircraft from Inverness.

Coastguard search teams from Hoy and St Margarets Hope and four commercial vessels in the area had also been assisting in the operation.

Gary Harris, who was coordinating the incident at the Shetland Coastguard Operations Centre, said “During search operations at sea, it’s incredibly challenging to spot a head in the water especially at night.

“The diver was very fortunate to be spotted by the crew on the sail training vessel Yunyi Baltiets and taken aboard safely.”

It comes three days after surfer Matthew Bryce, from Airdrie in North Lanarkshire, was found alive after spending 32 stranded at sea off the Argyll coast.

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