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Lighthouse danger alert.

The lighthouse on Scotland's most treacherous waterway failed three times this winter - after staff were dumped for an automatic system.

Mariners claim lives were at risk and say it proves the folly of pensioning off the light keepers for Duncansby Head, on Pentland Firth, less than a year ago.

Last night, Andrew Linington of the British Merchant Navy union said: "These waters are very busy and treacherous."

Local Elna Davidson said: "Men on ships are out there in all sorts of weather and rely on it."

A spokeswoman for the Northern Lighthouse Board said the faults had been fixed after a full probe.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 11, 1998
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