Sunday, 27 May 2012 00:00
Missing divers rescued on Dublin Bay
Two divers that were reported missing in Dublin Bay this morning have been rescued by the RNLI lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire.
The pair were with a group diving off the Muglins Rock close to Dalkey Island when they did not return to the surface as planned. The dive-boat coxswain alerted the Irish Coastguard's MRCC Dublin (Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre) which requested that the RNLI All-Weather lifeboat launch to assist.
The Irish Naval Service vessel LE Aoife, the Irish Coastguard's Rescue Helicopter from Dublin Airport and the Dun Laoghaire Coastguard unit also responded to the alert.
About 30 minutes after the initial call, the lifeboat spotted the two casualties together on the surface. The divers had been swept a mile and a half north of the original dive site by the incoming tide.
One of the lifeboat crew entered the water to assist with their equipment and air tanks before both were taken on board the lifeboat and brought to shore. Neither was injured in the incident.
"This incident could easily have been a tragedy," commented Stephen Wynne, RNLI lifeboat Operations Manager at Dun Laoghaire. "Fortunately the correct procedure was followed in raising the alarm early enough."
The incident occurred shortly before 1130 this morning (Sunday) and the lifeboat launched 12 minutes after the volunteer crew had been paged. The casualties were rescued about ten minutes later.
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