NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Search launched for NorthLink ferry passenger in Northern Isles

Stromness lifeboat
Image caption Three lifeboats were launched to take part in the search

A major search has been launched after a passenger was reported missing from a ferry in the Northern Isles.

The passenger - believed to be in his 40s - was thought to have gone overboard from the NorthLink ferry Hrossey, which was sailing from Kirkwall in Orkney to Lerwick in Shetland.

Image caption Hrossey had been sailing from Kirkwall to Lerwick

The area being searched is to the east of the island of Sanday in Orkney.

Three lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter were involved in the search.

A fisheries protection vessel and a local fishing boat were also assisting.

Ferry operator NorthLink said the captain of the Hrossey was notified of the incident at about 04:00.

They said he immediately turned his vessel to begin a search for the passenger.

The MV Hrossey left Kirkwall at 00:25 and had been due to arrive in Lerwick at 07:30.

It had 172 passengers on board.

Hrossey was later released from the search, and headed to Lerwick.

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