Eight rescued off Sligo coast after dive boat capsizes

Donegal Coast Guard station assists with sea rescue

Emergency crews rescued eight people this morning after their boat overturned off the Sligo coast. The man is believed to be in a serious but stable condition.

A distress call was received by Malin Head Coast Guard at 11.24am this morning after the boat got into difficulty close to Aughris Pier off the Sligo coast.

A Sligo Bay lifeboat soon after rescued seven people from the craft who had gotten into considerable trouble in a heavy swell.

One person was winched by the Rescue 118 Coastguard helicopter, which was called off from the ongoing search for Rescue 116, and the diver was flown to Sligo University Hospital.

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Meanwhile another person is also in hospital after suffering minor injuries.

Rescue Helicopter 118 was in nearby Blacksod Bay as part of the search for the missing Coast Guard crew of Rescue 116.

The six other divers did not require hospitalisation.

Sligo Bay RNLI lifeboat operations manager Willie Murphy said the incident happened at the end of a hard week for the rescue services following the loss of Rescue 116. A second casualty was met by an ambulance crew at Aughris Pier.

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