Diver trapped underwater by snagged equipment as frantic buddy tries to free her

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The shocking incident took place at the diving centre at Dosthill Quarry (stock image) (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)
The shocking incident took place at the diving centre at Dosthill Quarry (stock image) (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

A woman was left trapped underwater after her diving equipment got snagged, leaving her in a race against time to escape as an ambulance raced to the scene.

The diver was at Tamworth lake this morning when she got caught below the surface at Dosthill Quarry after her equipment caught on a rope. An ambulance was called as her diving buddy returned to try and help her get free.

Other diving activities were halted at the lake. Thankfully, the second diver was able to free the trapped woman and help bring her to the surface around 11am, averting disaster.

Divers had been using the spot since 8am and were allowed to re-enter the water soon after the ambulance left. Dosthill Diving Centre, where the incident took place, is based at the historic Staffordshire quarry, which is the oldest inland diving site in the country and recently named one of the best spots for snorkelling.

Quarry owner Ian Forster said West Midlands Ambulance Service was called straight away. Paramedics treated the female diver at the scene before taking her to hospital as a precaution.

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Mr Forster told BirminghamLive: "There was an incident at about 11am this morning but it wasn't a major one. The diver in question was able to recover ok and was treated on site by first responders. As a precaution, an ambulance was called out.

"She was already stable when they arrived but as a precaution, she was taken to hospital. Her equipment snagged on the up and down line, which are the ropes to the surface that divers can hold on to.

"Divers never dive alone here and her diving buddy brought her safely up to the surface. Safety is of the utmost importance to us at Dosthill Quarry. We are the only natural inland diving site in the country to have never had a fatality."

The pure water lake is popular with both divers and wild swimmers. It now has over 30,000 people registered to swim at the stunning spot, which is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Dosthill Quarry was opened for diving back in 1958. Mr Forster also owns the second oldest inland national dive centre in the UK at Gildenburgh near Peterborough, which dates back to 1961. It was named as one of the seven best snorkelling spots in the UK by the Sunday Times last week.

Alison Brinkworth

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