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Brentwood diver Christopher Mehegan dies in English Channel

09:31 17 June 2014

The Dover Coastguard's disatched the AW139  helicopter to help the struggling divers. Picture: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Dover Coastguard's disatched the AW139 helicopter to help the struggling divers. Picture: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Archant

Police have named a Brentwood man as one of the two divers who died in the English Channel.

Christopher Mehegan, 45, died on Saturday afternoon after getting into difficulty during an expedition off the Sussex coast.

Mr Mehegan and Peter Stanning, 44, from Highbury Hill, North London, were both airlifted by a coastguard helicopter to Eastbourne District General Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The pair were diving as part of a group south of Eastbourne off a boat named the Channel Diver.

Dover Coastguard contact police at 1.40pm to report the two divers in difficulty.

Det Ch Insp Mark Ling said: “Tragically two divers have died after getting into difficulty while diving in the channel.”

Sussex Police are investigating the cause of the deaths and a post-mortem is expected to be carried out tomorrow.

If you wish to leave tributes to Mr Mehegan contact Sam on 0208 477 3892 or sam.blewett@archant.co.uk

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