(File photo/Picture via Roger Harrison)
A diver has died and a search is ongoing for a second as major search and rescue operation continues off the Cork coast this morning.
The two men were on a recreational dive on a submarine wreck, four miles south of Castlehaven, near Glandore in Co Cork.
The alarm was raised at 9:40am when they failed to resurface to the dive vessel.
One man was taken unconscious from the water and airlifted to Cork University Hospital by the Shannon coastguard helicopter, however efforts to resuscitate him failed.
The second diver is still missing.
The all weather life boat, the Inshore Lifeboat RIB, continue to search for the remaining missing diver.— baltimore lifeboat (@rnlibaltimore) July 2, 2014
(Vessels including a coastguard RIB at the scene of the search site. Image via MarineTraffic.com)
The search is being coordinated by the Valentia Coastguard with the Waterford-based Rescue 117 coastguard helicopter involved well as two boats from Baltimore RNLI, the all-weather lifeboat and a RIB.
Also en route to assist in the search was a specialist dive team from the Irish Naval service.
— Óglaigh na hÉireann (@defenceforces) July 2, 2014
The condition of the hospitalised diver was not known.