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Brothers Die In SCUBA Diving Tragedy At Tipperary Quarry

6th July 2020
Portroe Dive Centre reopened at the weekend after the coronavirus shutdown Portroe Dive Centre reopened at the weekend after the coronavirus shutdown Photo: Portroe Dive Centre/Facebook

Two brothers who died in a diving tragedy in Tipperary yesterday afternoon (Sunday 5 July) have been named locally as Fergus and Philip Brophy.

The incident occurred at the Portroe Dive Centre, in a former quarry near Lough Derg, which had only reopened at the weekend after the coronavirus pandemic forced its closure in March.

According to RTÉ News, the brothers, aged 42 and 34 respectively, were experienced SCUBA divers and had been in the water for around 30 minutes testing a new underwater scooter when one of them got into difficulty.

His brother also got into difficulty while trying to help, and died shortly after surfacing to raise the alarm.

Search and rescue teams who were training in the quarry at the time helped recover the other man, who was found at a depth of 25 metres.

RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.

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MacDara Conroy

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