Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Rescuers search for Channel diver

Rescuers are searching for a diver who failed to resurface during a trip.

The Coastguard was called to an area of the English Channel south of Swanage at 4.40pm after reports that a diver had gone missing.

The dive vessel Emma J alerted authorities after only two of three drivers resurfaced during a trip, and lifeboats and a search and rescue helicopter were involved in a major search of an area south of the Dorset town covering around 10 nautical miles.

Mark Rodaway, operations centre commander at the National Maritime Operations Centre, which is currently overseeing the search, said: "This is a significant incident.

"This diver has been missing for more than three hours and clearly this is very serious. We are concentrating our search on this area and will continue to do so."

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph