Presbyterian hospital chaplain in diving tragedy

The Sligo 118 Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter

The Sligo 118 Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter

A Presbyterian chaplain at Altnagelvin Hospital has died, after getting into difficulty on Saturday while diving in waters off St. John’s Point.

The Rev. Dr. Stewart Jones, age 56, was minister of Donemana Presbyterian Church in County Tyrone.

Malin Head Coast Guard tasked Killybegs Coast Guard and Bundoran RNLI after receiving a report of a diver in difficulty. An ambulance and Rescue 118 helicopter also responded.

Dr. Jones and the diver with him were airlifted to Sligo Regional Hospital. CPR was administered from the time emergency teams arrived until Dr. Jones arrived at Sligo Regional. The other diver was unhurt.

Elaine Way, chief executive of Western Health and Social Care, said, “Management and staff of the Western Trust are greatly saddened by the sudden death of our chaplain, Dr Stewart Jones. Dr Jones has been a long-serving chaplain and friend to many at Altnagelvin Hospital and our thoughts today are with his family and friends.”

“Everyone is just devastated at the loss,” Father Chris Ferguson, a member of the Catholic chaplaincy team at Altnagelvin, said.

Dr. Jones, a qualified diving instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and the British Sub Aqua Club, was married, with three children.


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