Royal Navy Rescues Missing Diver off Cornish Coast

A combined rescue operation between the Coastguard, RNLI and Royal Navy has helped recover a missing diver off the Cornish coast.

The diver became separated from his buddy after diving a wreck several miles off the Lizard Peninsula.

A mayday call was sent by their dive boat at around 2:30pm on Tuesday, 1 September.

This sparked a major rescue operation with the Coastguard requesting the assistance of RNLI lifeboats, a Sea King from 771 (Search and Rescue) Naval Air Squadron and Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset which was patrolling nearby.

Upon receiving the call Somerset immediately responded breaking off her tasking and heading to the last known location to join the rescue effort.

It was one of Somerset’s officers, Sub Lieutenant Cameron Fisher, who spotted the missing diver some distance off in the water.

The ship’s rescue boat was then sent out to help rescue the diver while Somerset ensured that the SAR helicopter and life boat were pointed in the right direction.

After a quick check the man was transferred by helicopter to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, for a full examination before being released late last night.

HMS Somerset’s Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Wood, added: “There can be no better feeling than knowing you have helped to save a life; at sea we all depend on each other for our safety and wellbeing. “Everyone worked well together to ensure the safety and survival of this diver.”

HMS Somerset has now resumed her duties patrolling the British coast.

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