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Mariners warned of missing mini submarine

A search has been launched to try and find a missing unmanned submarine lost off Eday.

The remotely operated vehicle was being used from the North Sea Giant construction vessel in the Falls of Warness off Eday when it became detached from its umbilical connection to the ship.

It is understood the ship was under charter to a marine energy developer and was doing preparatory work for the installation of equipment at the EMEC site.

The ROV is reported to be the size of a small family car and is said to be “extremely valuable”.

It’s understood a local contractor is on site carrying out a search for the ROV.

People are being asked to keep an eye out in case the submarine is washed ashore.