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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…
Preparing the Tritonia diving suit for descent to the Lusitania in 1935
Diving
#Lusitania - Yesterday (Thursday 6 October) marked 81 years since the discovery of the wreck of the Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale, more than 20 years after the ocean liner was lost. And less than three weeks from…
The crew of Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was called out at 2.45pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 2 October) as three divers and their support boat sought help as their vessel got into difficulties near Black Head off Kinsale. The lifeboat was quickly…
Port Oriel at Clogherhead in Co Louth, where the diver was winched from the water on Monday
Diving
#Diving - TheJournal.ie reports on the death of a diver who got into difficulty off Clogherhead in Co Louth on Monday (29 August). Clogherhead RNLI and the local Irish Coast Guard unit were called to the scene around 5.30pm on…
The Samson Crane Ship at Ram Head near Ardmore, Co Waterford
Diving
#Diving - A man has died after getting into difficulty while diving off Ardmore in Co Waterford yesterday afternoon (Sunday 12 June). Youghal RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked to the incident between Goat Island and Ram Head near Ardmore,…
Strangford Lough
Diving
#Diving - The UK Coastguard received a call just after 4.10pm yesterday afternoon (9 April) from a member of public reporting that a diver had not surfaced as expected in Strangford Lough near Ringhaddy, Co Down Coastguard rescue teams from…
Aladin 2 dive watch normally retails for €425 but is yours for €250
Diving
Looking for a SCUBAPRO Aladin square Dive wrist watch? One's just been added to Afloat's marketplace at a discounted price. Seller Jeremy Leighton is offering a brand new, unused watch that's still in original packaging. He says this Aladin 2 dive…
Diving
#Diving - An Irish diving invention has won the runner-up prize of €7,000 in the international James Dyson Awards, as RTÉ News reports. University of Limerick graduate Cathal Redmond rose above a field of 700 entries to scoop the funding…
Diving
#Diving - One navy man's "accidental entry" into diving in the 1960s was the birth of what is today Ireland's most advanced underwater unit. As the Irish Examiner reports, a new book by Martin Buckley titled The Ninth Ship -…
Diving
#Diving - An ultra-lightweight breathing apparatus for divers has won its young inventor the Irish James Dyson Award for 2015. As Silicon Republic reports, Cathal Redmond, a student at the University of Limerick, took the €2,500 prize for his 'Express Dive' invention. The…
Diving
#Diving - A pioneering free diver considered to be the greatest ever in the extreme sport is missing and feared dead off the Balearic Islands. As Discovery News reports, Natalia Molchanova was diving with friends off Ibiza on Sunday (2…
Diving
#Diving - A diver was airlifted to hospital yesterday (Sunday 19 July) after going missing off Rathlin Island, as the News Letter reports. RNLI crews from Scotland joined lifeboats from Portrush and Red Bay along with Irish Coast Guard teams…
Diving
#DivingBell - Engineers worked 82 feet beneath the surface of the North Channel to repair a seabed cable linking Northern Ireland's power grid with Scotland. According to HeraldScotland, the repair crew used a diving bell style device to safely reach…

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