Search continues for missing diver in Donegal


Divers have arrived at the scene of a major search operation ongoing off the Donegal coast near Fanad Head today, Sunday, and are now searching a shipwreck where a diver went missing yesterday.

The alarm was raised shortly before 4pm when Malin Head Coastgurad received a report that a diver had not returned to surface after a deep dive.

The Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat, the Rescue 118 helicopter, and the Portrush RNLI lifeboat were involved in Sunday's search effort.

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The alarm was raised on Saturday night when the walker had not returned to his vehicle.

After an exhaustive search of the lough in fading light, the man was found around 10pm and recovered with signs of mild hypothermia - though a coastguard member said his condition could have been worse if the incident occurred in colder conditions.

The Sligo-based Rescue 118 helicopter was sent to the scene and an emergency Mayday call was put out to vessels in the area.