Body of second diver recovered after pair got into difficulty during a dive
THE body of a second diver has been recovered off the coast of West Cork after the pair got into difficulty during a dive off West Cork.
It is understood that the pair, both believed to be in their sixties from the UK, were on a local charter named the Wave Chieftan and were taking part in a recreational dive of a wreck of a sunken German submarine near Baltimore, Co. Cork at approximately 9:15am this morning.
An local source said that it is understood that the pair surfaced and indicated that they were going back under for decompression before one of them resurfaced but was unconscious.
The alarm was then raised at approximately 9:40am. The diver who resurfaced was subsequently airlifted to Cork University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
A search for the second diver by the Coast Guard, Navy the RNLI and local volunteers was carried out for several hours in the area before his body was found shortly before 5pm.
Conditions were favourable at the time of the dive, they have deteriorated somewhat since early lunchtime according to local fishermen.
A spokesperson for the RNLI earlier confirmed that the Baltimore RNLI received a call a 9:52am this morning and launched within minutes.
An RNLI all-weather lifeboat with six on board and a smaller, in-shore lifeboat with a crew of three are involved in the rescue operation.