UK: Overdue diver found by Newquay Coastguard helicopter after search op in Cornwall – Published 09 Aug 2017 1525z (GMT/UTC)

An overdue diver has been located safe and well by the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay after a large search operation was launched earlier today.

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Rescue 924 (based at Newquay) on another tasking.

Just after 1pm today (9 August) UK Coastguard received a VHF Radio broadcast on Channel 16 – the VHF distress frequency – from the diving vessel reporting that the diver was 15 minutes overdue.

The diver, who was with a group of seven other divers, was last seen 1nm north of Mannacles, Cornwall.

An extensive search and rescue operation was launched involving Porthoustock and Mullion Coastguard Rescue Teams, Falmouth and Lizard  RNLI Lifeboats and the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay.  Devon and Cornwall Police were also informed.

The missing diver was located safe and well by the Coastguard helicopter just after 2pm on the shoreline.  Despite being exhausted, he required no medical treatment and has been airlifted to Porthoustock.

Lee Duncan,  Duty Controller for the UK Coastguard said:  ‘We commend the actions of the crew of the diving vessel who called us when the diver was overdue.  The diving vessel had all the right equipment on board including a VHF Radio in case anything went wrong – which is what they used in this case to raise the alarm with us.  Thankfully, the UK Coastguard helicopter was able to locate the missing diver on the shoreline and take his safety.  It was very clear that the dive vessel had a plan in place if anything should go wrong and they did exactly the right thing to contact the Coastguard quickly so we could task our Coastguard, the RNLI Lifeboats and our Coastguard helicopter to assist.

‘Remember if you’re planning on diving in the sea, make sure you are adequately qualified and experienced for the dive that you plan to undertake, keeping a close eye on weather and sea conditions, and making your own fitness a top priority for safe diving.

‘Familiarise yourself with new or different gear before planning deep dives and to always dive within your limits. In an emergency contact the Coastguard immediately.’ – Hm Coastguard


UK: Oban and Tobermory Lifeboats in rescue of diver with suspected ‘bends’ or decompression sickness ashore on Mull – 270813 2035z

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew went to the aid of a diver with suspected ‘bends’ or decompression sickness ashore on the same day that the RNLI has called on divers to help undertake research into diver safety.

Tobermory Lifeboat (Photo: RNLI)


The crew were preparing to attend the station for their weekly Tuesday night training session when their pagers went off shortly after 1830. The male diver, who had developed possible symptoms of decompression sickness having come ashore in Tobermory, was taken on to the Severn class lifeboat which launched at 1850. Tobermory lifeboat proceeded to rendezvous with Oban lifeboat in the Sound of Mull. The casualty was transferred onto Oban lifeboat which had a specialist dive doctor on board. The casualty was then taken to Oban to be transferred to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.


The ‘shout’ came on the same day that the RNLI called on divers the charity with research into participation and attitudes to safety in the sport by taking part in an online survey which launches today.

Last year alone, 314 diving incidents were reported to the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). The RNLI, in partnership with the British Diving Safety Group (BDSG), is asking divers and dive instructors in the UK to take ten minutes to complete an online survey, which looks at their reasons for participating in diving, how often they take to the water, preferred methods and locations, experience and training, awareness of possible hazards and use of safety measures. The findings will be used to help the RNLI and BDSG develop tailored and relevant safety messages for the diving community, to help make the sport even safer.

Tobermory’s full time Coxswain Andrew McHaffie said: ‘This was a timely reminder that whilst diving is a popular sport, problems can and do arise. This year alone, Tobermory RNLI has gone to the assistance of six divers. Nationally, the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews have rescued 96 divers and saved 13 divers’ lives in the past five years. The RNLI is hoping to hear from divers of all levels of experience, so we can then develop really targeted and relevant safety advice to help them enjoy their sport as safely as possible.’

The online survey will run for nine weeks, during which time anyone who dives in the UK – no matter how often or what level of experience – is invited to visit and complete the short survey. The research is being undertaken by Substance, on behalf of the RNLI. To supplement the online survey, face-to-face surveys will be conducted at dive sites, charter boat launch and departure points, and at the NEC Dive Show (Dive 2013) in October. In-depth interviews and focus groups will also be conducted. Divers wishing to take part in these are encouraged to contact Substance via the survey website.

This was Tobermory RNLI’s 33rd launch of 2013 and so far this year the volunteer crew has assisted 56 people.

Key facts about the RNLI


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.


The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices. – RNLI


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Autumn Safety Day 2012

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Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team - "Semper Paratus"

Autumn Safety Event is being held on Saturday 29th September 2012 from 10:00 – 15:00 at The Boathouse, Commercial Road, Penryn.

Come along and meet the teams, and speak to professioanal people about keep YOU safe. Safety Day Sept 2012



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London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley wins European platform championship

Gold!!!! I am european champion again!!! Aaaah….and I’m 18 tomorrow!!! Aaaah!!!

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Tom Daley, European platform champion…..and 18 tomorrow.

Tom Daley marked his return to the scene of his first European title with a stunning personal 10m platform best score to seal his second continental crown in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

He was just 13 when he announced his arrival on the global stage ahead of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing .

He thinks his total of 565.05 will send out a message to his Chinese rivals.

“Word will spread because it’s quite a high score and they will start thinking about what they can do,” said Daley.

“It means so much to be European champion again though with a personal best and I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” he added to BBC Sport.

Daley turns 18 on Monday and his achievements in this 10m competition are all the more impressive given his preparations were hampered by a tricep injury, which saw him miss the defence of his title two years ago in Budapest. – BBC Sport

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The Plymouth teenager was publicly castigated by his Russian performance director, Alexei Evangulov, before the World Cup in February for focusing too much on his media work, but a lifetime best score of 565.05 provided further proof that he is back to his world-beating best – Simon Hart, writing in the Daily Telegraph

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Daley regains 10m title he won as 13-year-old in same city

Tom Daley will celebrate his 18th birthday on Monday as the European 10 metre platform champion after a dominant performance in Eindhoven on Sunday night. Daley had blitzed his rivals in the morning’s preliminary round…The Guardian

Tom Daley displays his medal after regaining the European 10-metre platform diving title in Eindhoven. (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Tom Daley carrys the Olympic Torch at Plymouth Hoe

1th Aug 2012: Tom Daley won his his first Olympic Medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games – Bronze in the Men Diving 10m Platform. (Goaty: Well done Tom, you did your dad proud!)


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US Coast Guard rescue 2 missing divers off Sebastian Inlet, Florida

The Coast Guard rescued two missing divers Friday afternoon approximately 10 miles east of Sebastian Inlet, Fla.

The divers became separated from thier boat and were drifting for more than five hours before being located by a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla.

The Coast Guard received notification at 12:30 p.m. Friday from the dive vessel Bangstick that two divers who went down at 9:40 a.m. were overdue in their resurfacing by about an hour. The Coast Guard immediately launched multiple assets to search by sea and air.

The divers were spearfishing when they became separated from their vessel, and drifted approximately four miles south of the dive boat’s location.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater helicopter crew spotted the two missing divers, deployed their rescue swimmer, and vectored in a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Fla., to retrieve the divers from the water.

Once medically cleared, the divers were transported back to the dive vessel Bangstick.

Also assisting in the case were:

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami airplane crew
A Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral, Fla., boatcrew
Two boatcrews from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
A boatcrew from Indian River County
A Brevard County helicopter crew

“The Coast Guard cannot stress enough the importance of safety at sea,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Stefan Overton, search and rescue controller, Coast Guard Sector Miami. “The precautions taken by these divers to equip themselves with an inflatable device, as well as a signaling device, significantly increased their chances for survival and for being spotted by rescue crews. We worked closely with our state and local partner agencies during this search and rescue case, andwe are extremely pleased to have found these individuals alive and well.”

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