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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Two die in dive to see German sub wreck

TWO divers have died after getting into difficulty while attempting to visit the site of a war submarine off the Cork coast.

The two men, aged 66 and 62, were visiting from the UK and were diving to the wreck of the 1945 German U-Boat U260, 4km off Castlehaven, Co Cork.

The men were last night named locally as Jonathan Scott (62), who was living in Australia but was visiting his sister in Ireland, and Steven Clarke (66), who went into the water first.

Bends

It is understood the pair surfaced after their dive - but then indicated they were going back under in a bid to avoid decompression illness.

A deep dive requires a diver to return to the surface slowly with scheduled stops to allow nitrogen to exit the body to avoid decompression illness, also known as 'the bends'.

However, just three minutes later, at around 9.40am, the body of one of the divers 
floated to the surface and he was unconscious.

The alarm was raised and a massive search operation was launched by Valentia Coastguard with the Waterford and Shannon helicopters, the Toe Head-Glandore Coastguard, Baltimore RNLI, local boats and later the naval vessel, LE Aisling.

Mr Clarke was airlifted to Cork University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A six-hour search came to an end at 4pm when Mr Scott's body was found.

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