Updated: 14/08/17 : 05:29:19
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Sligo Mountain Rescue and 118 chopper in searches

A major search operation involving Sligo's Rescue Helicopter 118 has resumed for a diver who went missing off the coast of Co Donegal.

The man, who is believed to be Canadian, went missing shortly after 2.30pm on Saturday when he was diving with a group 14 miles north west off Malin Head.

Rescue 119, along with the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team, were also tasked with the search for a hiker who went missing on Saturday night.

His body was recovered late yesterday, Sunday, following a fatal fall on a Donegal mountain range.

The man in question was reported missing on Saturday night after he did not return from a hike he had set out on last week.

He was last seen by friends on Thursday, and was hiking a tract of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north of the county when he fell.

His car was later found parked on the outskirts of Glenveagh National Park, in which the mountain range is situated.

Malin Head Coast Guard confirmed on Sunday evening that a body had been found following a search effort involving the Sligo Rescue 118 helicopter and mountain rescue teams from Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.

No personal details about the deceased are known as yet.


The Canadian diver was reported missing by the dive boat on Saturday after failing to see him resurface.

The Sligo Rescue 118 helicopter was sent to the scene and an emergency Mayday call was put out to vessels in the area.

Search efforts were stood down on Saturday and Sunday night and are resuming this morning from first light.

Lifeboats from Lough Swilly and Portrush are involved in the operation.