A diver who got into difficulties off the Saltee Islands has died following a rescue operation this morning.

It is understood the 25-year-old man, who was diving with three other people, rapidly ascended from a depth of 25 metres.

He was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The Waterford Coastguard, Kilmore Quay Lifeboat and the Kilmore Quay Coastguard were all involved in the rescue operation.