South Yorkshire dad dies tragically while scuba diving

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A DAD from South Yorkshire has died while scuba diving with his son off the Scottish coast.
The 52-year-old man, from Rotherham, was part of a group of divers on an expedition when he got into trouble in the water.

He is thought to have taken ill and fell unconscious while in the water, and police are not treating the death as suspicious.

The man was diving near Eyemouth on the Scottish Borders in an eight-strong group, all of whom were from Rotherham. The emergency call went out at around 3.30pm on Saturday, and an RNLI lifeboat from St Abbs was deployed shortly afterwards.

A spokesman for the station said the crew was able to pick up the man from the water before taking him back to the harbour and attempting to resuscitate him.

He was then airlifted by a Royal Navy helicopter crew, sent from HMS Gannett in Prestwick, to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

It remains unclear how the man got into difficulties, but the RNLI spokesman said sea conditions at the time were ‘flat and calm’.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: “Lothian and Borders Police are investigating after a 52-year-old man died during a diving excursion in St Abbs on Saturday.

“Inquiries are ongoing. However, there appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.”

The death is the second diving tragedy in the area in recent months to claim the life of a man from South Yorkshire.

In June, David Ruston from Barnsley died near Eyemouth harbour after he got into difficulties in the water.

The 59-year-old surfaced face down and unconscious.

Despite rescue efforts, the member of Barnsley Sub Aqua Club was later pronounced dead at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.