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The inquest into the drowning of diver Ann Howard has heard how she disappeared only feet from the safety of rocks off Arranmore Island.
The Irish Times reports that Howard, 41, was part of a team of eight divers from Manchester on an excursion at the popular Paradise Cavern dive site on 9 May 2008.
Howard and her 'dive buddy' Lee Harvey became separated from the rest of the group and were unable to locate them due to strong surface currents. When the pair got into difficulties, Harvey managed to scramble onto rocks and attract attention of passing boats. But when he returned to the water, Howard has disappeared.
Following an unsuccessful Coast Guard search, a Garda dive team found Howard's body 22 metres below on the seabed the following morning, close to where she had been last seen. Pathologist Dr Katriona Dillon found that her death was due to drowning.
Howard, from Ashton-under-Lyne, had 10 years' experience as a SCUBA diver, and according to her boyfriend had been familiar with her equipment used since 2002.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

The inquest into the drowning of diver Ann Howard has heard how she disappeared only feet from the safety of rocks off Arranmore Island.

The Irish Times reports that Howard, 41, was part of a team of eight divers from Manchester on an excursion at the popular Paradise Cavern dive site on 9 May 2008.

Howard and her 'dive buddy' Lee Harvey became separated from the rest of the group and were unable to locate them due to strong surface currents. When the pair got into difficulties, Harvey managed to scramble onto rocks and attract attention of passing boats. But when he returned to the water, Howard has disappeared.

Following an unsuccessful Coast Guard search, a Garda dive team found Howard's body 22 metres below on the seabed the following morning, close to where she had been last seen. Pathologist Dr Katriona Dillon found that her death was due to drowning.

Howard, from Ashton-under-Lyne, had 10 years' experience as a SCUBA diver, and according to her boyfriend had been familiar with her equipment used since 2002.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Published in Diving
The cost of removing 33 whales which washed ashore on Rutland Island, Co. Donegal in mid-November is to cost Donegal County Council €10,000, according to a report posted last week in the Donegal Democrat.

The pod, which had been observed in waters between Arranmore Island and Burtonport during the week before they stranded themselves on a beach on Rutland, were also believed to be the same pod monitored off the South Uist, off the Hebrides. Shortly before that it was feared that the whales may have also attempted to beach themselves.

Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) said he could not rule out sonar interference for confusing the whales and leading to their beach deaths. For information on the IWDG logon to www.iwdg.ie

Published in Marine Wildlife

Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.

 

At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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