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Emergency services / Two taken to hospital after diving incident

The Sumburgh based search and rescue helicopter airlifted one of the divers from the Valhalla off Bressay. Photo: Dave Brady/Shetland News

EMERGENCY services in Shetland responded to a call for help from the diving vessel Valhalla after two divers got into difficulties off Bressay at around 4.30pm on Monday.

One diver was airlifted to the Gilbert Bain Hospital by the coastguard helicopter, which happened to be in the area on exercise.

The second diver was taken to hospital by ambulance after the diving vessel had returned to Lerwick harbour.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said that they had no further information at the moment.

Police chief inspector Paul Daley said: “Around 4.30pm on Monday, 14 June, we received a report of two divers in difficulty off the island of Bressay, Shetland.

“We are working with our emergency services partners and enquiries are at an early stage.”