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Irish Free Diver Dies In Incident On Egyptian Coast

24th July 2017
Stephen Keenan from Dublin had been working in Egypt teaching free diving for almost a decade Stephen Keenan from Dublin had been working in Egypt teaching free diving for almost a decade Photo: YouTube/PlanetHero

#Diving - Tributes have been paid to Irish free diver Stephen Keenan, who died on Saturday (22 July) in an incident off the coast of Egypt.

According to, the 39-year-old Dubliner — who ran a diving school in the resort town of Dahab — is believed to have been assisting another diver at the notorious Blue Hole when he got into difficulty.

Keenan was a renowned practitioner of free diving, an extreme variation on deep sea diving without using SCUBA gear.

Fellow free diver Feargus Callagy, previously featured on, described Keenan as a “beautiful example of humanity”.

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