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Bangor lifeboat called to search for three missing divers

Lifeboats News Release

Bangor volunteer lifeboat crew were launched at 17:23 yesterday (Wednesday 8 June) to search for three missing divers off Blackhead, North of the mouth of Belfast Lough.

They were joined in the search by two lifeboats from Larne, an inshore and an all-weather lifeboat, and an Irish Coast Guard helicopter.

The three divers were on the final day of a deep diving training course, and when they re-surfaced the fast-moving tide had moved them out of sight of their dive boat, which is based at Ballyholme Yacht Club.

Arriving at the scene, the crew of the relief Bangor lifeboat, Tabby Cat, commenced a search pattern, until they were advised that the divers had been found safe.

Larne inshore lifeboat located the casualties on an inaccessible part of the coastline, after a 1hr 45 minute swim ashore.  The divers were safe and well, and were returned to Ballyholme Yacht Club.

Bangor RNLI volunteer helm, Micky McKenna, said 'We are delighted that these divers were found safe and well, and the crew and I were happy to help in the search.  It was particularly tricky as visibility was not great, and the divers had been moved some way by the tide.'

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