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Friday 29 August 2014

Two divers lose their lives in separate tragedies

Greg Harkin

Published 16/06/2014 | 02:30

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Two divers lost their lives in separate tragedies off the Irish coast over the weekend.
Two divers lost their lives in separate tragedies off the Irish coast over the weekend.

TWO divers lost their lives in separate tragedies off the Irish coast over the weekend.

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A man diving off Donegal yesterday died in hospital just hours after being rescued by a British Royal Navy helicopter.

And a married father of four died following an accident near Roches Point at the entrance to Cork Harbour.

In Donegal, a 45-year-old Polish national and a group of other divers were four miles off Malin Head when he got into difficulty just before 8am.

A Royal Navy Sea King 177 helicopter which was close to the area managed to get the man on board.

He was taken to Derry's Altnaglevin Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

On Saturday, Crosshaven RNLI were paged at 6.10pm to a boat at Roches Point with an unresponsive diver on board.

The diver, named locally as John McNally, of Bruff, Co Limerick, was taken to Cork University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination was due to take place last night.

Irish Independent

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