TWO exhausted divers from Huddersfield were rescued off the Anglesey coast after getting into trouble close to a popular island beach.
The middle-aged men, who have not been named, set off for a dive from Porthddafarch, near Trearddur Bay, Wales, but became separated while underwater.
When the divers surfaced they swam towards a headland gully and tried unsuccessfully to scramble on to the rocks.
A lunchtime rescue operation was mounted yesterday by Trearddur Bay lifeboat station.
Spokesman Alf Pritchard said: "The swell made it very difficult for them and I don't think they had the strength to swim all the way back to shore."
Alerted by Holyhead coastguards, both the station's inshore lifeboats were launched.
"The divers were a mile along the coast in the South Stack direction and the crews were on scene within a few minutes," said Mr Pritchard.
He added: "The first lifeboat got to the diver who looked to be the most exhausted and got him on board.
"Then the second man was towed from the gully. The priority was to get both ashore as quickly as possible.
" They were suffering from the cold and were obviously tired."
An air ambulance was standing by, but both men were examined by ambulance paramedics and did not need hospital treatment.
"We had both men back on dry land in 30 minutes," said Mr Pritchard.
"I don't think they got into difficulties while diving but they just couldn't get out of the water."