Saturday, August 01, 2009

Scuba Diver in Hot Water After Failing to Mark Position

Not doing so almost initiated a search-and-rescue operation.

Rescuers from RNLI Fraserburgh were called out by a member of the public after the empty 16ft fibreglass vessel was spotted between Inverallochy and St Combs.

Fearing someone had fallen overboard, the crew was considering calling out colleagues from neighbouring stations and an RAF helicopter to mount a search.

About four minutes after the lifeboat arrived at the scene, however, the boater rose to the surface of the water alive and well – he had been diving.

He had not been displaying an alpha flag, the international shipping signal to indicate a diver is present.

A spokesman for the RNLI hit out last night, saying the absence of the flag could have sparked a major incident.

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Attention to detail, folks. Attention to detail.

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