Scuba tragedy as two divers die in the Channel

Scuba tragedy as two divers die in the Channel

Scuba tragedy as two divers die in the Channel

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Two scuba divers who were out with a Brighton diving company have died.

The two men, aged in their 40s, were on the Brighton-based dive boat Channel Diver with a group of other divers.

They went into the water several miles off the coast of Eastbourne and began their dive. The pair then got into difficulty and Dover Coastguard received a mayday call at around 1.30pm on Saturday.

A helicopter from Dover Coastguard was scrambled and made it to the boat in the English Channel.
With assistance from Patricia, a vessel run by commercial shipping firm Trinity House, the chopper managed to airlift the two men from the small dive boat and fly them back to shore.

The men, one from Brentwood, Essex; the other from Highbury Hill, North London, were taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Sussex Police were informed of the incident just after 1.30pm and are notifying the families of the two victims as well as launching an investigation into the circumstances of their deaths.

DCI Mark Ling said: “Tragically two divers have died after getting into diffi- culty while diving in the Channel.

“We are informing their families and will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances.”

Tributes have poured in for the men from the public and the diving commu- nity.

One person said on Facebook: “So very sad, my thoughts are with their families. Stay safe all you water lovers out there.”

Another said: “My thoughts go out to the two divers who lost their lives off Sovereign Harbour.” The two men are yet to be named publically and a post mortem will be carried out to determine cause of death.

A Brighton based diving expert said: “It is a tragedy but diving is a safe sport if you stick to guidelines and do not push the limits.”

The Channel Diver boat is run by Channel Diving out of Brighton Marina. Nobody from the company was avail- able for comment yesterday.

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9:20am Mon 16 Jun 14

scuba1 says...

Such terrible news , heartfelt condolences to the families , RIP x
Such terrible news , heartfelt condolences to the families , RIP x scuba1
  • Score: 6

9:21am Mon 16 Jun 14

Ouseler says...

" Patricia, a vessel run by commercial shipping firm Trinity House, "
Trinity House operating under Royal Charter since 1514 looking after our Light Houses, Buoyage, Sea pilotage, Navigation marks etc: won't be happy with you Argus...Shipping firm!!
" Patricia, a vessel run by commercial shipping firm Trinity House, " Trinity House operating under Royal Charter since 1514 looking after our Light Houses, Buoyage, Sea pilotage, Navigation marks etc: won't be happy with you Argus...Shipping firm!! Ouseler
  • Score: 8

11:07am Mon 16 Jun 14

worthingite says...

What person at the paper put picture of laughing divers on the dive boat on the front page, incredibly silly thing to do with such a sad story.
What person at the paper put picture of laughing divers on the dive boat on the front page, incredibly silly thing to do with such a sad story. worthingite
  • Score: 10

3:33pm Mon 16 Jun 14

unbias1 says...

Ouseler wrote:
" Patricia, a vessel run by commercial shipping firm Trinity House, "
Trinity House operating under Royal Charter since 1514 looking after our Light Houses, Buoyage, Sea pilotage, Navigation marks etc: won't be happy with you Argus...Shipping firm!!
Good god, are you a troll?......you read the feature and made a comment on it, not a single mention though of those that died....shame on you!..........RIP to the Two. xx
[quote][p][bold]Ouseler[/bold] wrote: " Patricia, a vessel run by commercial shipping firm Trinity House, " Trinity House operating under Royal Charter since 1514 looking after our Light Houses, Buoyage, Sea pilotage, Navigation marks etc: won't be happy with you Argus...Shipping firm!![/p][/quote]Good god, are you a troll?......you read the feature and made a comment on it, not a single mention though of those that died....shame on you!..........RIP to the Two. xx unbias1
  • Score: -5

4:34pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Ouseler says...

unbias1 wrote:
Ouseler wrote:
" Patricia, a vessel run by commercial shipping firm Trinity House, "
Trinity House operating under Royal Charter since 1514 looking after our Light Houses, Buoyage, Sea pilotage, Navigation marks etc: won't be happy with you Argus...Shipping firm!!
Good god, are you a troll?......you read the feature and made a comment on it, not a single mention though of those that died....shame on you!..........RIP to the Two. xx
It's always a tragedy when anyone dies, but you really need to get a grip of reality. In the past 24 hours a 7 year old lad died falling off a cliff in Northern Ireland, several thousand died in Iraq, dozens in attacks in Kenya, all reported in the news.
All had families and are worthy of our sympathy.
The two divers died doing something they obviously loved doing, as sad as it is I suspect that fact even under these circumstances may give some comfort to their relatives, probably more than a great list of unknown people posting RIP.
[quote][p][bold]unbias1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ouseler[/bold] wrote: " Patricia, a vessel run by commercial shipping firm Trinity House, " Trinity House operating under Royal Charter since 1514 looking after our Light Houses, Buoyage, Sea pilotage, Navigation marks etc: won't be happy with you Argus...Shipping firm!![/p][/quote]Good god, are you a troll?......you read the feature and made a comment on it, not a single mention though of those that died....shame on you!..........RIP to the Two. xx[/p][/quote]It's always a tragedy when anyone dies, but you really need to get a grip of reality. In the past 24 hours a 7 year old lad died falling off a cliff in Northern Ireland, several thousand died in Iraq, dozens in attacks in Kenya, all reported in the news. All had families and are worthy of our sympathy. The two divers died doing something they obviously loved doing, as sad as it is I suspect that fact even under these circumstances may give some comfort to their relatives, probably more than a great list of unknown people posting RIP. Ouseler
  • Score: 3

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