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Brentwood diver may have died after rising too quickly in English Channel

The photo diver Chris Mehegan took shortly before his final dive. Picture: Facebook The photo diver Chris Mehegan took shortly before his final dive. Picture: Facebook

Thursday, June 19, 2014
2:54 PM

A Brentwood scuba diver may have died after he surfaced too quickly in the English Channel while another man drowned, a post-mortem revealed yesterday.

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

Chris Mehegan, 45, posted a picture on his Facebook page of the ocean shortly before his final dive.

He posted the image on Saturday morning and wrote: “Flat, calm, slightly overcast for today’s dive mid channel.”

Friends replied telling him to enjoy his dive.

The former student at The Chafford School, in Rainham, was named by police as one of the two divers who died after getting into difficulties in the water off of Eastbourne.

The pathologist put the cause of death as diffuse gas embolism caused by a pulmonary barotrauma - this can be caused by rising with speed and not exhaling enough.

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

The pathologist gave Mr Stanning’s cause of death as water inhalation.

The pair were diving as part of a group south of Eastbourne off a boat named the Channel Diver run by Brighton-based charter company Channel Diving, which is still leading dives.

Dover Coastguard contacted police at 1.40pm on the day 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.”

After the incident the boat sailed back to Brighton Marina where it was met by police.

Sussex Police are investigating the deaths and an inquest date has not yet been set.

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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English Channel diver death: Chris Mehegan posted ocean photo to Facebook before final dive

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