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Friday 25 July 2014

Second diving fatality in two days as man dies in offshore incident

Meanwhile, RNLI on the east coast rescue 15 people in two separate emergency incidents within minutes

Denise Calnan

Published 14/07/2014|18:24

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A man has died after he took ill during a dive in Galway this afternoon.

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The man, aged in his late forties, was diving in the Inishbofin area of Galway when the emergency call was made at approximately 2.30pm.

He is reported to have taken ill after he resurfaced from a dive.

The fatality comes just two days after a Presbyterian minister died during a dive off Donegal on Saturday evening.

Rev Dr Stewart Jones was an experienced diver who was passionate about the water and loved teaching others.

He got into difficulty shortly after he was struck by a freak wave during a dive at St John’s Point at 4.30pm.

The Coastguard helicopter was dispatched to scene after the alarm was raised and CPR was performed on the beach but Rev Jones was pronounced dead on arrived to hospital.

A member of the public issued an emergency call at approximately 3.27pm when a man jumped a 30-foot drop into the water at Balscadden beach and was believed to have suffered a back injury. (Photo: Howth Coastguard)

Meanwhile, the RNLI rescued 15 people in two separate emergency incidents within minutes of each other on the east coast. 

The emergency calls came within three minutes of each other in the Dublin area of Howth.

A group of tourists had to be rescued after the regular ferry from Howth to Ireland’s Eye had a problem with the gears and ran aground, a spokesperson for Dublin Coastguard told independent.ie.

A member of the public issued an emergency call at approximately 3.27pm when a man jumped a 30-foot drop into the water at Balscadden beach and was believed to have suffered a back injury. (Photo: Howth Coastguard)

The 30-foot boat, which was manned by two crew members, hit rocks on the north side of Ireland’s Eye.

The Howth RNLI lifeboat rescued the 14 people onboard moments after the mayday call was issued at 3.30pm. No medical assistance was required.

Meanwhile, a member of the public issued an emergency call at approximately 3.27pm when a man jumped a 30-foot drop into the water at Balscadden beach and was believed to have suffered a back injury.

Members of the Irish Coast Guard Cliff Rescue team at Howth were quickly on the scene and began to administer medical treatment to a male.

He had suffered a back injury while jumping off the cliffs into the water.

Further medical assistance arrived with Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics from Kilbarack and the two agencies worked together to stabilise the patient.

The Coast Guard helicopter from Dublin Airport, Rescue 116, arrived and winched the casualty up and evacuated him to hospital.

He is not believed to be seriously injured.

The Coastguard has since warned that jumping off high structures into the water us 'jumping into the unknown'.

"There is risk of serious injury or worse with tides changing and unknown debris beneath the surface," they said in a press statement released this evening.

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