Update: Derry man dies following St John’s Point diving accident

Bundoran LifeboatA man in his 50s and thought to be from Derry has died having gotten into difficulty whilst diving off the Donegal coast.

On Saturday afternoon the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat was launched on  to a report of divers in difficulty off St John’s Point near the lighthouse.

Within six minutes of being paged by Malin Head Coast Guard, the Bundoran Lifeboat “William Henry Liddington” was en route to the scene just after 4.30pm.

On arrival, along with the Killybegs Coast Guard Boat and vessel “Red Manta”, the man in his 50s had been taken to shore where CPR had commenced.

Upon the arrival of the Sligo based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118, Bundoran Lifeboat transferred the casualty to the nearby White Strand area to facilitate the helicopter landing.

CPR was continued on the Bundoran Lifeboat by one of the crew who is an advanced paramedic assisted by another member of the volunteer crew who is an EMT, until the man could be transferred to a waiting ambulance and airlifted to Sligo General Hospital.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.