A diver has been airlifted from near Weymouth to a hospital in Poole this afternoon. The Rescue helicopter was shambled after surfacing to quick to the surface. The rescue operation is being coordinated by UK Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC), fondly known as UK Rescue.
It is understood the diver is suffering from decompression sickness also known as the ‘bends’.
The diver was reported to be showing symptoms of the bends after completing a dive in the English Channel around 4.30pm.
The Lee on the Solent based Coast Guard helicopter – Rescue 175 – was requested to airlift the casualty to hospital. The diver was brought back on board the dive vessel and step is being made to winch the ill diver onboard the rescue helicopter.
The helicopter crew are expected to fly the patient to a specialist hyperbaric chamber at Poole Hospital. The UK Coast Guard has said the mission is still ongoing so no further details are available.
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