His brother went to his assistance but also then experienced problems. He was able to surface and raise the alarm but then passed out, and is said to have died shortly afterwards.
Divers belonging to two separate search and rescue teams who had been carrying out training exercises nearby recovered the surfaced diver, and his brother’s body was found at a depth of around 25m.
The emergency services attended and both divers were pronounced dead at the scene before being taken to University Hospital Limerick for post-mortem examinations. Police and the Health & Safety Authority were investigating the incident.
Portroe quarry has been run as a dive-centre for the past five years, following years of being used by divers regarded as trespassing on private land. It is described as one of Ireland’s best inland dive-sites, diveable in all conditions and with visibility of 10m-plus.
With sunken diver attractions including training platforms, a pub, stone huts, cars, a boat and a winch, it is popular with divers from all over the country for recreation and training.
* THE 53-year-old woman who died on her first dive since qualification in Australia, also on 4 July and reported on Divernet yesterday, has been identified as Rebecca Rowell, a hairdresser from Campbelltown, Sydney.