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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…
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…

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