NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Mayday call sparks air and sea search off Orkney

The search Image copyright RNLI

A search and rescue operation off Orkney has been stood down.

Both Stromness and Longhope lifeboats and a search and recue helicopter were dispatched to the Scapa Flow area, where it is believed the Mayday originated.

The search began shortly after 08:30. The lifeboats returned to their stations shortly before 11:00.

Coastguards said the search would resume if any more information came to light.

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