Belfast Telegraph

Search resumes for missing diver

A search has resumed for a diver missing in a flooded inland cave.

The Polish man, who has been living in Ireland for a number of years, went into the water at 3pm on Monday to explore the cave about two and a half miles north of Gort, Co Galway.

The Irish Coast Guard described the man as very experienced and said he had enough oxygen to last until 9.30pm.

A friend of the man and another experienced diver conducted a search of the cave for two hours but found nothing.

He is not able to dive again until about midday.

The Polish man was diving alone but the alarm was raised by two colleagues waiting for him on the surface.

The cave is thought to be 52 metres deep and extensively flooded.

Connor McGrath of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation said only very experienced divers can operate at such depths.

"From our point of view this is very difficult," he said.

"As time is passing, we are more and more concerned."

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