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Yesterday’s multi-agency search for two missing divers off Dalkey Island had a happy result
Rescue
#Rescue - Two divers were rescued yesterday afternoon (Sunday 20 August) after they failed to surface during a dive off Dalkey Island. The dive boat cox alerted the Irish Coast Guard by marine VHF and began a search patter procedure…
The diver’s remains were recovered at the Pinto, one of a multitude of wrecks off the North Coast
Diving
#Diving - The body of a diver missing off the Donegal coast since Saturday was recovered yesterday (Monday 14 August), according to Canada’s Globe and Mail. The deceased, a Canadian citizen believed to be in his 60s and who has…
The telegraph was recovered in a supervised dive off Kinsale on Tuesday 25 July
Diving
#Lusitania - The main ship’s telegraph from the Lusitania has been recovered from the wreck site off West Cork. Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys made the announcement last Wednesday (26 July) as the telegraph was undergoing preliminary conservation on shore by…
Stephen Keenan from Dublin had been working in Egypt teaching free diving for almost a decade
Diving
#Diving - Tributes have been paid to Irish free diver Stephen Keenan, who died on Saturday (22 July) in an incident off the coast of Egypt. According to TheJournal.ie, the 39-year-old Dubliner — who ran a diving school in the…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - Favourable conditions this weekend will aid a fresh search of the waters around Black Rock for the two Irish Coast Guard personnel still missing after the Rescue 116 tragedy four months ago. Winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman…
Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth and Ronald
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Dunmore East RNLI rescued two divers who got into difficulty off Hook Head in Co Wexford on Sunday afternoon (28 May). The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 1.19pm following a report from the…
The large-scale dive search follows a ‘360-degree’ terrain survey of the island off Co Mayo
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - More than 100 divers have joined a major search since early this morning (Saturday 22 April) for Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith, the two Irish Coast Guard crew members still missing after the Rescue 116 tragedy over a…
The Bundoran Lifeboat William Henry Liddington launched today
RNLI Lifeboats
The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were requested to launch this afternoon to assist a dive boat with 4 persons on board, which had broken down. The alarm was raised around 1:50pm with Malin Head Coast Guard who immediately…
Divers are searching the wreck of Rescue 116 off the eastern side of Black Rock
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - Divers are working at the Rescue 116 wreck site to recover the body of one of three crewmen missing since the Irish Coast Guard helicopter went down off the North Mayo coast 11 days ago, as The Irish…
A ship’s telegraph much like this one was retrieved from the Lusitania wreck by diver Eoin McGarry - but another was previously lost on an unsupervised dive
Diving
#Lusitania - Questions have been raised by an Oireactas committee after a telegraph from the Lusitania wreck was lost during an unsupervised dive last summer. According to RTÉ News, no archaeologist was present on the diving expedition on 13 July…
Speakers Announced For Dive Ireland 2017
Diving
#Diving - A number of main stage speakers have been announced for Dive Ireland 2017 at Athlone’s Hodson Bay Hotel from 4-5 March. Marine salvage specialist Brian McAllister will talk the challenges of raising the Costa Concordia off the coast…
Hyperbaric chambers like this one at Canada’s Simon Fraser University are used to treat decompression sickness
Diving
#Diving - Planning permission is being sought for a new hyperbaric therapy centre in Galway city centre, as Galway Bay FM reports. Regularly used for the treatment of damaged body tissues, hyperbaric facilities are also key to the treatment of…
Hyperbaric chambers like this one at Canada’s Simon Fraser University are used to treat decompression sickness, or ‘the bends’
Diving
#Diving - The SCUBA diving community in Cork is raising funds for a hyperbaric chamber to treat divers with decompression sickness, as the Irish Examiner reports. Otherwise known as ‘the bends’, the potentially fatal condition is contracted when nitrogen bubbles…
A ship’s telegraph much like this one was retrieved from the Lusitania wreck by diver Eoin McGarry
Diving
#Lusitania - A Dungarvan diver has recovered a telegraph machine from the wreck of the Lusitania off West Cork, as The Irish Times reports. Eoin McGarry retrieved the treasure trove under licence from the Heritage Minister and on behalf of…
Aquaholics Dive Centre’s new catamaran
Diving
#Diving - A new commercial catamaran is part of a Portstewart-based diving firm’s efforts to compete with popular dive tourism destinations abroad, as the News Letter reports. Diving is ‘big business’ for the Aquaholics Dive Centre, which provides services for…
Des Branigan was an able seaman with Irish Shipping
Ports & Shipping
#IrishShipping - Tributes have been paid to Irish Shipping veteran Des Branigan, who died recently aged 98, as The Irish Times reports. The Dubliner was among the first recruits of the Irish Shipping company — merchant sailors who put their…

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