A POLICEMAN from Huddersfield has been killed in a tragic diving accident.
Pc Paul Imeson, 41 - who works in the Huddersfield road traffic section - got into difficulties while diving with friends off the Welsh coast on Saturday afternoon.
Holyhead Coastguard were scrambled at 1pm after two his friends diving with him raised the alarm at a popular diving location near Porth Diana, Trearddur Bay, Anglesey.
But despite all their efforts, Pc Imeson died a short time later in hospital.
Acting Supt Martin Sykes, of Huddersfield Police, today paid tribute to Pc Imeson.
He said: "The untimely death of Pc Imeson has come as a tremendous shock to all at the Huddersfield division.
"Pc Imeson was a dedicated and professional traffic officer who was well known in the service and community, and he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts at this time are with his wife and family."
Pc Imeson was diving with a private group when the tragedy happened and not as part of the West Yorkshire Police sub-aqua club.
Mr Imeson, a road traffic officer, had apparently become unwell after surfacing from a dive.
He was part of a larger eight-man team of divers from around Kirklees and Wakefield who were diving around Holyhead.
Mr Imeson was pulled on to a rocky island by his two colleagues who then gave him the kiss of life.
Trearddur lifeboat crews brought the casualty ashore before he was airlifted to hospital in Bangor. He was pronounced dead on arrival.
The two other divers were treated at the scene for shock.
Rob Cramp, Holyhead Coastguard manager, said conditions on Saturday were windy with force 5 winds and a sea swell.
A post mortem has been conducted this morning.
North Wales Police will now be investigating the incident.
Mr Imeson is the third diver to be killed in the area in recent years.
The Anglesey coastline is regarded as one of the best areas in the United Kingdom for diving.
Shore diving takes place off the beaches most weekends throughout the summer.
The coastline is very rugged and the rocky cliffs are home to spectacular marine life.