A DIVER passed away this evening in a tragic accident after he was brought to the surface unconscious.
The man in his 40s was pulled from the water by the Coastguard this afternoon at Crosshaven and received casualty care from the Crosshaven RNLI before being taken to Cork University Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.
The man is thought to have been laying or repairing a mooring at Drakes Pool when a diving partner brought him to the surface unconscious.
The man was part of a group of three divers who were diving in the area.
The divers called for assistance and the coastguard, RNLI, Gardaí and Waterford Helicopter Rescue 117 responded to the incident.
Four ambulances and two Garda cars attended the scene, along with RNLI and the Coastguard.
Crosshaven RNLI released a statement to say that their crew, consisting of paramedic Peter Lane and Aidan O’Connor immediately began emergency care and continued until Rapid Response and a critical care doctor arrived and took over the care of the casualty.
Crosshaven Coast Guard personnel also assisted with the casualty care.
Pier Road was closed from 4pm until just after 6pm when the man was rushed to the hospital.
Gardai have said that foul play is not suspected and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.
It is understood the man was of Polish origin and had been living in Crosshaven for around eight years with his wife and young teenage daughter.