Saturday 24 March 2018

Presbyterian minister drowns after being struck by freak wave

Reverend Dr Stewart Jones with his daughter Rachel on her wedding day.
Reverend Dr Stewart Jones with his daughter Rachel on her wedding day.

Caroline Crawford and Michael McHugh

A Presbyterian minister who died during a dive off Donegal was an experienced diver who was passionate about the water and loved teaching others.

Rev Dr Stewart Jones, who was minister of Donemana Presbyterian Church in Strabane Co Tyrone,  got into difficulty shortly after he was struck by a freak wave during a dive at St John’s Point in Co Donegal on Saturday evening at 4.30pm.

The two divers got into difficulties not far from the shore at St John’s Point, Co Donegal

The Coastguard helicopter was dspatched to scene after the alarm was raised yesterday evening around 4.30pm

CPR was performed on the man on the beach.

The victim, aged in his 50s and believed to be from Strabane in Co Tyrone, was airlifted to Sligo Hospital during a rescue operation on Saturday.

Ian Scott, from Malin Head Coastguard, said cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was carried out.

"Sadly, despite administering CPR, from when the diver was recovered until his arrival at hospital, the man died."

He had been diving with another man from Derry, who was also airlifted to hospital during the rescue operation.

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