Northamptonshire man dies in Shetland diving tragedy

Our thoughts are with his family and friends

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 4:10 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 4:15 pm
Coastguards were called to the scene
Coastguards were called to the scene

A man from Northamptonshire has died after getting into difficulties while diving, police in Scotland have confirmed.

The 68-year-old was diving off the island of Bressay in Shetland when emergency services were called to an incident yesterday afternoon (Monday).

Coastguards were involved in a rescue effort and the man was flown to hospital in nearby Lerwick but died.

A second man was also taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged, Police Scotland said.

Chief Inspector Paul Daley said: “A 68-year-old man from Northamptonshire has died after getting into difficulty whilst diving off the island of Bressay in Shetland.

“Emergency services were called around 4.30pm on Monday, 14 June, and the man was taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital.

“A second man, aged 52-years-old, was also taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital for treatment following the incident and has since been discharged.

“There are no suspicious circumstances.”