Diver killed in Wemyss Bay ‘bends’ accident

Norrie Mulholland's image of Sunday's rescue operation off Wemyss Bay.
Norrie Mulholland's image of Sunday's rescue operation off Wemyss Bay.

A DIVER has died after two men got into difficulties while exploring a wreck on the sea bed between Inverkip and Wemyss Bay.

The above image, taken on board CalMac’s Wemyss Bay-Rothesay ferry by The Buteman’s wildlife columnist Norrie Mulholland, shows the rescue operation off Wemyss Bay involving the Largs RNLI lifeboat and a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick.

Both men were thought to be suffering from the effects of decompression, also known as ‘the bends’.

According to Clyde Coastguard the alarm was raised by the crew of a passing yacht, who were able to haul one of the divers into their boat.

The second, however, could not be pulled on board due to the weight of his diving equipment; he was airlifted to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, where he died a short time later.

The rescued diver was taken to the decompression chamber at the University Biological Station on Cumbrae, and is understood to be recovering in hospital in Millport.