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Inquiry hears of help time surprise over Orkney rescue

The dory was found upside down
Image caption Alex Moar was lost when his boat overturned between Stromness and Hoy

An experienced seafarer has told a fatal accident inquiry he was surprised how long it took a lifeboat to arrive after he reported distress flares.

Michael Braddock raised the alarm in the early hours of 16 June 2007, the same night 23-year-old Alex Moar's boat capsized off Orkney.

Mr Braddock told Kirkwall Sheriff Court it was almost half an hour before a lifeboat arrived.

Mr Moar's family claim the emergency services were too slow to respond.

He was lost when his boat overturned between Stromness and Hoy.

The inquiry continues.

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