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#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 August) when she failed to return to the surface. It's reported that the 53-year-old was diving to depths of up to 35 metres without fins when she disappeared, feared carried away by a strong deepwater current. "She was a free-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 in the search off the Antrim coast for the missing man, who was found some four miles from his original position two hours after the alarm was raised. According to BBC News, the casualty was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital…
#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 the site some 4km from the Scottish mainland and fix the break in the Moyle Interconnector. The N-Sea 'incubator' design is a more modern version of the diving bell design used in the construction of Dublin's deep-water quays between the…
#Diving - The loss of a late diver's 'black box' means we will never know exactly what happened in the drowning incident off Donegal in July last year, according to the Belfast Telegraph. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, hospital chaplain Rev Stewart Jones (56) died after getting into difficulty while diving off St John's Point near Killybegs. At the inquest into his death at Sligo Court House on Monday 2 March, coroner Eamon MacGowan recorded a verdict of accidental death…
#Diving - Diving with an oxygen tank might soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new material that could allow divers to breathe underwater without bulky gear. According to Discovery News, the crystalline material is made from cobalt and acts like a sponge, sucking up oxygen from the air - or water - around it and releasing it when needed. The so-called 'Aquaman crystal' is being researched by scientists at the University of Southern Denmark, who explain…
Friday, 12 December 2014 15:30

Wheelchair Diver Glides Under The Sea

#Diving - Outsider Magazine points us to this breathtaking video of a wheelchair user exploring the wonders under the sea thanks to her special underwater chair. Sue Austin developed the concept in 2005 while training as a disabled diver, she wrote for the Guardian last year. It was simply a matter of connecting SCUBA gear to a basic NHS wheelchair with electric propulsion that allows her to explore the undersea world just like any other diver, perhaps even more gracefully.…
#Diving - Writing in today's Irish Times, veteran diver Patrick O'Sullivan gives an introduction to his new book on the sinking of the Lusitania – and the deep-sea diving pioneer who helped rediscover the story of a vessel thought lost forever. It was US Navy diver John Light who arrived in Kinsale in 1960 on a mission to lead the first sub-aqua team to reach the wreck of the ill-fated ocean liner some 45 years after her sinking by a…
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