WILMINGTON, N.C. (WVEC) – A diver was medevaced from a dive boat off the coast of North Carolina after experiencing physical issues following a dive.
According to a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard, they received a report from crew members aboard the 25-foot diving boat Under Pressure that one diver had surfaced with shortness of breath and dizziness. They were about 35 miles southeast of Wilmington at the time.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew diverted to assist and medevaced the diver to Air Station Elizabeth City, where awaiting EMS personnel met them and then transferred him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk.
“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,” he said.