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Missing Divers Rescued by Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat

27th May 2012
Missing Divers Rescued by Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat

#RESCUE - Two divers reported missing in Dublin Bay this morning have been rescued by the RNLI lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire.

The pair had been with a group diving off the Muglins Rock, close to Dalkey Island, but did not return to the surface as planned around 11.30am on Sunday 27 May.

The dive-boat coxswain alerted the Irish Coast Guard's Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) in Dublin which requested the RNLI all-eather lifeboat launch to assist.

Also responding were the Naval Service vessel LE Aoife, the Irish Coast Guard's rescue helicopter from Dublin Airport and the Dun Laoghaire coastguard unit.

Some 30 minutes after the initial call, the lifeboat spotted the two casualties together on the surface. The divers had been swept a mile-and-a-half north of the original dive site by the incoming tide.

One of the lifeboat crew entered the water to assist with their equipment and air tanks before both were taken on board the lifeboat and brought to shore. Neither was injured in the incident.

"This incident could easily have been a tragedy," said Stephen Wynne, RNLI lifeboat operations manager at Dun Laoghaire. "Fortunately the correct procedure was followed in raising the alarm early enough."

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MacDara Conroy

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