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The body of a man was found during a search for a Canadian diver off Malin Head, Donegal, last night.

The man went missing during a deep-sea dive on Saturday. 

His body was recovered at the wreck where he had been diving. 

The man went on a chartered dive to explore the Pinto wreck, which is 65 metres below the surface.

After the divers got into difficulty, the Lough Swilly life boat was called to assistance. 

This is the second body to be recovered in Donegal this week, after the remains of a missing hill walker were found in the Derryveagh Mountains.



Post mortem examinations are due to be carried out today on the bodies of two men found off the Donegal coast.

Then men were found separately near Mallinbeg after they were reported missing when they failed to return from a fishing trip on Saturday night.

The body of one man, in his 50s, was discovered by a farmer at around 10.30am on Sunday morning.

At around the same time, a member of the public reported that a car understood to belong to the two men was still parked at the side of the pier.

A short time later, the second man (40s) was found in the water by Coast Guard officers.

According to Gardaí, the bodies of the men have been taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

The Irish Coast Guard says it did not receive any distress call, however, it was noted that divers in the area had reported difficult conditions.

A boat was later found washed up on a rocky stretch of coastline.



Coast Guards have rescued two dogs in separate incidents in Dublin over the past 24 hours.

Yesterday evening a member of the public contacted the Coast Guard after their dog had slipped and become trapped in a cliff at Red Rock in Sutton.

A team from the Howth station were immediately dispatched and a climber was lowered 15 foot down to the Golden Retriever.

Three-year-old Marely was successfully rescued and reunited with his owner.

In a separate incident earlier today, another dog owned contacted the Coast Guard after their dog swam into a shipping lane in Dublin Bay.

After a quick response from the Howth station, the dog was rescued from the water and reunited with its owner.

A spokesperson for the Coast Guard praised both owners for contacting them rather than attempting to rescue the animals themselves.

We're just glad both doggies are safe and sound. 



The wreckage of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 has been located off the Mayo coast.

The helicopter was found 60 metres off Blackrock Island.

A remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) sent down into the water to establish the location of the wrecked craft. 

The ROV was unable to confirm if the three still-missing crew members are with the wreckage, which went missing last Tuesday. 

"This morning a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) from the Granuaile conducted operations on the sea bed and we located parts of Rescue 116," Superintendent Tony Healy told The Sunday World. 

"We're actively assessing what we found…this is a hugely significant step in the ongoing process of the crew of rescue 116".

Search efforts are continuing to recover the missing crewmen, Captain Mark Duffy,Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith. 

One crew member, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, was discovered last week in critical condition, but later passed away in hospital. 



The search continues this morning for the three members of the crew who were on board the Irish Coast Guard helicopter that went missing at around 1am on Monday night.

The three crew still missing have been named as Mark Duffy , Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby, according to the Irish Times.

One crew member, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, was discovered yesterday in critical condition, but later passed away in hospital. 

Captain Fitzpatrick had been with the search and rescue service for 20 years.

The Coast Guard said that debris has been found spread over a wide area, according to the Connacht Tribune

The search is focused on the Mayo coastline in the Blacksod area. 


Tomorrow evening's Late Late Show will be incredibly emotional: it will feature an interview with Bernard Lucas.

He is the husband of coast guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas, who tragically died during a rescue mission in September last year.

The mum-of-two was the first member of the Irish Coast Guard to lose their life during a rescue mission off the coast of county Clare in September last year, after she and two other crew members were thrown from their boat when it capsized during a search operation for a missing person.

Tomorrow night her family will be in studio to talk to Ryan Tubridy about the devastating impact of her death.

She was described by her 20-year-old son, Ben, as having a great love for "the sea and the coastguard… her work in the library, especially the projects with the children. My mother had lots of great qualities. She was caring, honest, kind and, above all, dedicated.”

Caitríona was also a mum to daughter, Emma.

The show will be celebrating the work of the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI, and hearing from members hailing from all around the country.

There will also be stories from people who owe their lives to the tireless efforts of those organisations. 



Jedward fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the twins have been rescued by helicopter after being stranded at sea.

The pair were obviously out enjoying the good weather in Malahide when they got caught on a sandbank in darkness. Luckily they had their phone with them so they rang their mother Susanna, who rang the Coast Guard. They were eventually saved by a rescue chopper.

The Coast Guard spokesman played down the situation, saying: “There was no immediate danger”. However, if we know Jedward – and we think we do – we bet they made a pretty big deal out of their stranded at sea experience!

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