The man was airlifted to a hospital in Shetland after landing into the water during a yacht rescue mission

The Kirkwall Lifeboat crewman was taken to hospital by helicopter after falling into the cold Scottish waters during a rescue mission of the yacht Globelle.

Lifeboats from Kirkwall and Stromness were called when the yacht encountered problems between Eday and Stronsay, causing damage to its rigging in force 6 winds.

The unnamed crewman from Kirkwall Lifeboat fell into the water whilst Globelle was being towed.

He was promptly pulled out of  the sea and airlifted to the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick by a Coastguard rescue helicopter as a precaution.

The man has now been released from hospital and flown back to Orkney.

Kirkwall Lifeboat managed to complete the rescue operation of the Globelle yacht with the help of a Stromness Lifeboat.

Two crewmen of the Stromness Lifeboat joined the Kirkwall Lifeboat to help bring the yacht alongside, and moored it in the Kirkwall Marina.