Diver dies off Donegal coast

The dive was close to Inishtrahull, off Malin Head.

The dive was close to Inishtrahull, off Malin Head.

A man has died in a diving accident off the coast of Donegal in the second such accident in the country in just two days.

The 45-year-old man, who is believed to be a Polish national, was part of a group of four divers who were diving at a wreck off the coast near Malin Head yesterday morning.

The alarm was raised at 7.50am by the dive boat that had been charted from Malin.

The diver was unconscious when he came to the surface. He was flown by helicopter to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where he was pronounced dead.

A spokesman for Malin Head Coast guard said the diver was unconscious when he came to the surface after ascending to 42 metres. Attempts were made to resuscitate him at the scene and on the flight to Derry.

The incident happened near the island of Inistrahull about two miles off the coast of Malin Head.

The Lough Swilly life boat and the Sligo-based rescue helicopter were tasked to the scene but a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter which was in the air over north Antrim was sent to the scene and brought the casualty to hospital.

A post mortem was due to be carried out yesterday.

The group of divers are believed to have travelled from Leinster to go diving in the area.

The death was the second diving tragedy over the weekend.

On Saturday a 45-year-old man died while diving near Roches Point at the entrance to Cork Harbour.

The alarm was raised after he surfaced and he was pronounced dead after being taken to Cork University Hospital.

The coast of Donegal is extremely popular with divers at this time of year.

Divers are attracted by the clear waters and also the multitude of wrecks, especially off the north of the county in the north Atlantic shipping lanes.

Local councillor Martin McDermott was at the scene on Sunday morning. He said the incident was a freak accident.

“It is a very sad situation and the mood is very sombre here,” he said.




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