Baltimore Lifeboats in search for missing diver

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Published on: September 4, 2012

Both the inshore lifeboat and all weather lifeboat were launched this evening in response to a request from the coastguard to assist in locating a diver reported missing earlier this afternoon. The diver had been one of a party of three diving at a wreck site 12 miles south of Baltimore Harbour in West Cork. The divers are thought to be of German origin and the dive site,  the wreck of the Minnehaha. Weather conditions were excellent with a 1.5 metre swell and force 3-4 winds. The Navy vessel LE Ciara, Coastguard Helicopter 115 and the Holly Joe were all involved in the search. As darkness approached the inshore lifeboat (ILB) was stood down and returned to Baltimore at 21.10 approx. Onboard the B-class ILB Bessie, were Helm Youen Jacob, Shane MacSweeney and Ger O’Brien. On board the Tamar class ALB Alan Massey, were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Cathal Cottrell (mechanic), John Rochford, Brian MacSweeney, Jerry Smith and Aidan Bushe. The lifeboat will resume searching at 7am tomorrow morning.

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