Diver dies in accident on Donegal coast

Published Sunday, 15 June 2014
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A Polish man has died following a diving accident in Co Donegal.

Diver dies in accident on Donegal coast
The helicopter was initially tasked to this rescue on the North Coast. (© RNLI)

The victim, aged in his 40s, had been taking part in a diving trip at Inishtrahull Island around four miles off Malin Head when he surfaced unconscious early on Sunday morning.

He was airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

A rescue helicopter from Prestwick in Scotland was involved in the operation after being diverted from another incident at Fair Head, near Ballycastle along the North Coast.

A man had been discovered on the rocks with a suspected broken ankle.

The helicopter, as well as an RNLI lifeboat and a coastguard team from Ballycastle, went to his assistance at around 6.20am.

When they arrived a paramedic was winched to the scene - however the crew had to pull out of the rescue in order to attend the diving emergency off the Co Donegal coast.

The RNLI said: "Due to another emergency off the Donegal coast the helicopter had to immediately recover their winch-man and make best speed to assist in the other emergency.

"In a difficult operation the lifeboat crew and coastguards placed the injured man into a stretcher and recovered him from the rocks to the lifeboat."

The patient was transferred to an ambulance at Ballycastle Harbour in a stable condition.

© UTV News
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