A sea and air search for a missing diver off the southwest coast of Ireland has been called off for the night.

Reinhardt Teschke, aged 54, from Germany, was one of a three-man team diving yesterday on the wreck of the SS Minnehaha, which lies in 90 metres of water, between Baltimore and Cape Clear island.

An alarm was raised by the skipper of the team's charter boat at about 5.30pm once it because clear that Mr Teschke was missing.

His two friends were safely brought ashore last night.

The RNLI lifeboats from Baltimore and Courtmacsherry, the Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter Rescus 115 and, the naval vessel LE Ciara were involved in the search today, which was co-ordinated by the Valentia Coast Guard.

It is understood the three had come to west Cork specially to dive this wreck.

Diving at the site is considered to be very challenging and for experienced divers only. A licence from the Office of Public Works is also required.