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Woman rescued after swimming in sea off Orkney island

Coastguard helicopter Image copyright Al Hine
Image caption The Sumburgh coastguard helicopter landed with a casualty at Carness

The Sumburgh coastguard helicopter and a lifeboat have taken part in the rescue of a woman off Orkney.

Kirkwall lifeboat was launched at about 06:45 after reports of a swimmer in trouble off the island of Egilsay.

Two kayakers had gone to her assistance, but were also reported to be struggling. They were all taken ashore.

The woman is being treated in hospital in Kirkwall. The kayakers declined treatment.

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