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Missing diver rescued thanks to 'life-saving' equipment

The Maritime and Coastguard agency highly recommends divers use a PLB Credit: PA

A scuba diver who went missing off the south coast of Cornwall has been saved thanks to his 'Personal Locator Beacon'.

The diver became separated from his buddy after visiting a wreck several miles from the Lizard Peninsula. A major rescue operation involving the Coastguard, the RNLI and the Royal Navy helped bring the man to safety.

The Maritime and Coastguard agency, say his 'Personal Locator Beacon' was vital in finding him - it was activated after he got into difficulties.

He's now being treated in Derriford hospital in Plymouth for routine medical checks.

In this instance the divers PLB helped us identify his location. These devices are inexpensive and extremely easy to operate, the PLB helped us pin-point and recover the casualty in good time.

We always recommend that divers are adequately qualified and experienced for the dives that they undertake, and keep a close eye on weather and sea conditions.

– Andrew Jenkins, Maritime Operations Controller