Diver missing in Pentland Firth as police continue search

After 64-year-old Grant Wright was reported missing on Tuesday, a full-scale search involving helicopters, a Coast Guard plane and several ships was launched.

While the British Coastguard announced on Wednesday that they had suspended their forces after a 22-hour search, police are still searching for the missing man.

The 64-year-old, who hails from the Moray area, is said to have disappeared in the water near the island of Swona in the Orkneys.

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During their extensive search yesterday, three Coastguard helicopters from Sumburgh, Stornoway and Inverness took part in the operation.

Also involved were a Humberside coastguard aircraft and coastguard rescue teams from St Margaret’s Hope, Kirkwall, Dunoon and Scrabster.

Four RNLI lifeboats and four private vessels also participated in the search on Wednesday.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police are continuing their search and investigation into a diver who went missing in the water near the island of Swona in the Orkneys.

“Officials have been alerted that 64-year-old Grant Wright of the Moray area went missing around 8:25 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

“The diver’s family is being kept informed and supported by officials.

“Anyone with information that may assist our investigation is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 3640 from Tuesday May 16, 2023.”

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