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Yorkshire diver severely ill with the bends

The air ambulance landing to rescue the diver Credit: @LancasterJane13

A woman from Yorkshire is seriously ill after suffering from the bends while diving off the North East coast. The 49 year old became ill while swimming at Seahouses in Northumberland.

The air ambulance stands by to rescue the diver Credit: @LancasterJane13

An air ambulance took her to a decompression chamber in Hull. The journey would have taken three hours by ambulance.

GB divers excited by the prospect of Rio

There's a distinct Yorkshire flavour to the Great Britain diving team selected today for the Rio Olympics.

Four of the squad are Yorkshire-born - Jack Laugher from Ripon, Wakefield's Alicia Blagg, Freddie Woodward from Sheffield, and Huddersfield-born Lois Toulson, who at 16 years old, is the baby of the team. Two more - Chris Mears and Rebecca Gallantree - are permanently based in Leeds.

Blagg and Gallantree are partners in the 3m synchro.

Freddie Woodward will compete in the 3m springboard. He admits he's surprised to have made the squad.


Olympic diving team "Made in Yorkshire"

Members of the Great Britain Olympic diving team (left to right) Freddie Woodward, Jack Laugher, Chris Mears, Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Great Britain diving team for the Rio Olympics has a distinct Yorkshire flavour, with four of the 11-strong squad born in the county, and two more permanently based in Leeds.

Ripon-born Jack Laugher is a genuine medal prospect in the 3m springboard individual event, and in the synchro with housemate Chris Mears, who hails from Reading but now trains in Leeds.

Laugher is one of six returning Olympians in the squad. Others include Leeds-based Rebecca Gallantree, for whom this will be a third Games, and her 3m synchro partner Alicia Blagg from Wakefield.

Freddie Woodward (3m springboard, Sheffield) and the baby of the team, 16 year old Lois Toulson (10m synchro, Huddersfield), will be competing in their first Olympics.

Meanwhile another Yorkshireman, Yona Knight-Wisdom - a member of the same training squad at the John Charles Centre in Leeds - has been picked to represent Jamaica in Rio.

Leeds diving star announces retirement

Hannah Starling warming up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Credit: Press Association

Leeds diving star Hannah Starling has announced her retirement from diving.

The 20-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, who competed at the London 2012 Olympics, said she had fallen out of love with the sport and instead wants to return to university to study medicine.

Starling, who won bronze in the women's three-metres springboard at Glasgow 2014, wrote: "I was never about the winning, I just cared about enjoying it and being happy, and if I'm not doing that any more then it is time to move on. I've had a good career which I will be ever thankful for. Now it is time to gain new experiences and to apply to Medical school like I have always wanted."

Woman dies after suspected diving accident

A female diver has died and another is being treated in hospital after a suspected diving accident on Yorkshire's East Coast.

A dive boat in Bridlington bay contacted the coastguard at 2.35pm to report that a 60-year-old woman was unconscious.

She was airlifted to hospital in Hull but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Another diver is being assessed and has been taken to a hyperbaric unit as a precaution.

It is believed the two people were involved in a diving accident.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said a search and rescue helicopter was sent to the scene from Humberside Airport with an RNLI lifeboat from Flamborough.

"The woman was flown to Hull Royal Infirmary where Hull Coastguard Rescue Team met the helicopter.

"However, despite the efforts of all involved, the diver was declared dead on arrival at the hospital."

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman

"This is a very sad outcome and our thoughts are with the lady's friends and all those who tried to help her."

– Lucy Hicks, Humber Coastguard


Harrogate diver claims bronze in Mexico World Series

Harrogate diver Jack Laugher took bronze in the three-metre Springboard in the final leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series in Mexico and was ranked third in the overall rankings.

Jack has been in strong form throughout the season, with the latest medal adding to his impressive tally that also includes a silver from Canada and bronze from Russia. The 19-year-old finished with a score of 504.65 points for his second bronze of the series.

Sheffield divers heading for Youth Olympics

UK Sport have announced their funding programme and there are, of course, both winners and losers. Swimming has suffered a funding cut after delivering only three medals in London, but diving has escaped the cull.

Most of Britain's top divers are based in either Sheffield or Leeds, and so is the next generation of stars as well. In fact three youngsters from Sheffield will be amongst those heading for the Youth Olympics in Sydney in the New Year. Chris Dawkes has been to meet them.

Success for Leeds divers in World Junior Championships

Alicia Blagg and Hannah Starling

Hannah Starling and Alicia Blagg, who are both members of the City of Leeds diving squad, have won a silver medal in the 3m synchro diving event at the World Junior Championships in Adelaide.

17-year-old Hannah, who is still in the sixth form at the Grammar School at Leeds, also won the first ever World Junior medal for Great Britain in the Girls A Springboard category, taking bronze.

Hannah said, “I felt like there was some expectation because I competed at the Olympics so I decided to go in and just enjoy it, and it worked. I’m really happy with my bronze medal.”

Diving success

City of Leeds diver Jack Laugher has won his second gold medal in the space of 24 hours at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide with victory in the 3m springboard syncro alongside partner Tom Daley.

The 17-year-old Ripon diver, who has been tipped as a future world champion by American diving legend Greg Louganis, has now won four junior world crowns.

Daley and Laugher blitzed their rivals with a score of 338.85. Russian duo Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov were their closest challengers 30.83 behind.

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