Sunday 18 February 2018

Lucky escape for divers reported missing off south Dublin coast

The rescue operation pictured from the coast (Photo: Facebook/DunLaoghaire Coast Guard)
The rescue operation pictured from the coast (Photo: Facebook/DunLaoghaire Coast Guard)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Two divers had a lucky escape after the alarm was raised immediately when they failed to surface at their dive boat.

The pair got into difficulty off Dalkey Island yesterday afternoon.

Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 from Dublin Airport, the RNLI from Dún Laoghaire and Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard's four search units all responded to the alarm raised by the dive boat's cox.

The teams searched from Cullimore Harbour to Killiney Beach along the coast.

Within minutes, Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard members looking off Whiterock spotted two divers being pushed into the coast with the tide and wind.

All vessels were alerted to the discovery and the dive boat recovered the casualties "who were in good spirits", according to the Coast Guard.

The teams have since been praised for their speedy and successful response.

"Well done to all involved including the dive coxs, as weather conditions were worsening just as search operation was been shutdown," a Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard spokesperson wrote on their official Facebook page.

A member of the public wrote; "Well done to all. I listened to this unfold on my own VHF while I was kayaking out past Howth today.

"The level of professionalism in how our Coastguard, Rescue 116 and RNLI reacted and responded to this is just absolutely amazing.

"We are so lucky to have such an unbelievable team of people that will act upon an incident and respond to help others 24 hours a day. Well done to all involved. A huge round of applause to our rescue services," he added.

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