Two men killed in Cork diving tragedy believed to be British

Two men killed in Cork diving tragedy believed to be British

TWO divers, believed to be from Britain, have died at the site of a German submarine wreck off the Cork coast.

The men, both in their 60s were in waters about 42 metres (138ft) deep off Cork when the tragedy occurred on Wednesday, the Belfast Newsletter reported.

One of the men was pulled from the water unconscious and airlifted to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A second man was discovered after a seven-hour search.

The men were understood to be in a party of experienced divers who went to dive on the U-260, an almost-intact wreck of a German U-Boat that sank several miles offshore in 1945.

The men got into difficulty 4.5 miles out from Castlehaven and south-west of Glandore bay at about 9.30am.

It is believed the men may have surfaced after a first early-morning dive and went under the water to decompress but did not resurface.

They are the latest diving related deaths in the last month after two men died in separate incidents off Cork and Donegal over one weekend in June.

The search operation was being co-ordinated by the Irish Coast Guard based at Valentia.

The Irish Navy vessel the LE Aisling was tasked to the area to assist in the search operation.