Police Investigations After Scilly Diver Dies

Police investigations continue today following the death of a visitor, following a diving trip yesterday.

The man, in his 40s, was part of a group of 8 who had come to Scilly to dive. They were diving off Dave McBride’s boat Tiburon near the Bishop Rock yesterday at around 9.30am when the man surfaced unconscious.

He was flown to Treliske Hospital in Truro on the RNAS Culdrose helicopter. The St Mary’s Lifeboat was launched just before 10am. The boat took a second member of the group, who became unwell following a rapid ascent, towards the mainland. A second rescue helicopter, near to Wolf Rock, intercepted the Whiteheads. The second male was flown to a specialist decompression unit at Fort Bovisand, near Plymouth.

He is expected to make a full recovery. The family of the deceased, who lived in the South East of England, has been informed.

Yesterday evening two CID officers were flown into St Mary’s on the police helicopter from Penzance to carry out investigations. They are now acting for the Coroner and have taken some equipment used by the dive group. Mainland-based experts will check that.

Sergeant Colin Taylor says they will be based at St Mary’s for the next day or and will be taking statements. He says the death is being treated as unexplained at this stage.