Sunday, October 25, 2020

Diver feared drowned off Donegal

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A diver searching for wartime wrecks is missing and feared drowned off the northwest Donegal coast.

The man was one of seven divers exploring first World War and second World War wrecks 70 metres down on the seabed north of Horn Head. some 26 kilometres offshore yesterday.

They dived from their boat at 11.45am, and Malin Head Coast Guard said six divers surfaced shortly before 2.30pm. When the seventh failed to appear three minutes later, the alarm was raised.

A rescue helicopter from Strandhill, Co Sligo, and another from RAF Prestwick, flew to the scene, and up to ten vessels searched for the man.

The diver was a member of a group from Britain that sailed on a charter. He was using an oxygen set known as a rebreather, which recycles exhaled gas.

The area is popular with divers exploring wrecks of ships that sank while negotiating the North West Passage in both world wars.

Source: The Irish Times

Sara-Lise Haith
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Sara-Lise is the former News Editor for DeeperBlue.com. She is based in Dubai.

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