Abergavenny diver dies in quarry incident

Wednesday 4th May 2011 10:00 pm
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A FIFTY FIVE-year-old Abergavenny man has died after getting into difficulty while diving in the Forest of Dean.

The man, who has not yet been named, was diving at a former limestone quarry in Tiddenham on Sunday morning.

The complex forms part of the National Diving and Activity Centre on the English / Welsh border. Alert centre staff called Great Western Ambulance Service at 10.32am on Sunday after witnessing that two divers had got into difficulty.

Various ambulance crews, including a community first responder, ambulance, rapid response vehicle and the Great Western Air Ambulance attend the incident.

On arrival the emergency services found that one of the two men was lying on a platform in the water in cardiac arrest.

He was taken to Bristol's Frenchay Hospital by ambulance, but was pronounced dead at 12.40pm.

The second man was left in the care of the diving centre's doctor and then treated in a decompression chamber.

A Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesman said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

The District of Avon Coroner's Office said that a post mortem was being carried out to determin the cause of death and that an inquest would not be heard before Friday.

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