Posted by June 12, 2017

Diver Rescued off North Carolina Coast

(Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City)

(Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City)

A diver in distress was rescued by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) responders off the North Carolina coast on Sunday.

 
Crew members aboard the 25-foot diving boat Under Pressure reported to USCG Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington, N.C. that a diver had surfaced with shortness of breath and dizziness 35 miles south by southeast of Wilmington.
 
The diver was medevaced by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and brought to Air Station Elizabeth City where awaiting EMS personnel transferred him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va.
 
A video of the medevac is available here.
 
“With our helicopter crews close by, they were able to quickly respond and get this diver the medical aid he needed," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jared F. Stanton, duty watchstander at Sector North Carolina. “When diving, we urge mariners to check their equipment is working properly and to ensure they have a means of contacting help.”
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