THE man, who was part of a seven-strong team of divers, was pulled from the water after getting into difficulties in 23ft of water but medics couldn't save him after an hour-long battle. A SON had to watch as emergency crews battled in vain to save his dad after a dive went wrong.
An RNLI crew and paramedics fought for more than an hour to revive the 52-year-old diver.
He was airlifted to hospital but was dead on arrival.
The tragedy happened as the dad, his son and five others went diving off the Berwickshire coast on Saturday.
The dad was 23ft from the surface when he got into difficulty.
His friends raised the alarm and a St Abbs RNLI lifeboat crew from Eyemouth raced to the scene.
They pulled the “deeply unconscious” casualty from the water and took him to shore.
Together with an ambulance crew, the team desperately fought to revive the man.
Alistair Crow, of the St Abbs RNLI Lifeboat, said: “It must have been terrible for his son to witness that.”
The party had been diving off a vessel called the Selkie.
Alistair added: “The man did a dive in the morning and was on his second dive in the afternoon when something went wrong. I don’t know what happened.
“I don’t think it was the bends but we won’t know exactly how he died.
“When we got the emergency call from the Coastguard, we were so quick in getting out there, the guy was still being held alongside the dive board.
“When we got him, he was deeply unconscious. We got him on board the lifeboat and were back in very quick.
“We landed in the slipway at St Abbs and we worked on him for more than an hour.
“The ambulance came after 40 minutes and we continued to work on him for a while in the back of the ambulance.”
The dead man was from Rotherham in Yorkshire.
Lothian and Borders Police said: “A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
Alistair added: “There have been several deaths off the coast this year.
“The Berwickshire coast attracts lots of divers because its underworld scenery and marine life is second to none. It’s one of the best dive sites in Britain.
“I don’t know what went wrong for this chap. He seemed in reasonable shape. It could have been anything – a heart attack or maybe he had taken in water.”
The Selkie’s skipper Peter Gibson was unavailable for comment last night.
In August, diver Ian Woolston, also 52 and from Yorkshire, died in waters near Eyemouth after losing his air supply while exploring a sunken German U-boat.