Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Minister from Co Tyrone dies in diving accident in Donegal

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A Presbyterian clergyman from County Tyrone has died following a diving accident off the coast of Donegal.

The Rev Stewart Jones, who was in his 50s, was airlifted to Sligo Hospital yesterday.

He was a minister in Donemana in Co Tyrone and chaplain at Altnagelvin Hospital.

The diving instructor was also an instructor in emergency first response.

Mr Jones was an author and his works included Israel In The Carter Years and British Policy In The Middle East.

He was married to Patricia and leaves three adult daughters.

Ian Scott, from Malin Head Coastguard, said efforts were made to resuscitate him.

"Sadly, despite administering CPR, from when the diver was recovered until his arrival at hospital, the man died," he said.

He had been diving with another man from Derry, who was also airlifted to hospital during the rescue operation.

UUP MLA for Newry and Armagh Danny Kennedy, who went to school with Mr Jones in south Armagh, said: "He was from the Bessbrook area and he was a lovely fella, a very fine fella.

"He was academically gifted and very clever."

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