Bodies of missing diver, hiker recovered in Donegal

The body of a diver missing off the Donegal coast and that of a hillwaker missing in the Derryveagh Mountains in the county have been recovered.

The recoveries follow search and rescue operations by the Coast Guard, and Mountain Rescue teams from three counties.

The body of the diver was discovered following a search for a Canadian national who was among a group who were deep-sea diving on a World War Two shipwreck off Malin Head at the weekend.

Malin Head Coast Guard were alerted on Saturday after one of the diving group was reported missing – and an operation got underway which was jointly co-ordinated with the Coast Guard operations centre in Belfast.

The body, discovered yesterday, has been brought ashore at Downings, North Donegal, for formal identification.

Earlier – the body of a missing hillwalker was discovered in the Derryveagh mountains following a search by mountain rescue teams from Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim, with the assistance of the Coast Guard Rescue 118 helicopter.

The bodies of both the diver and hiker have been taken to Letterkenny University Hospital.