Coast Guard medevacs 31-year-old man from vessel near Santa Barbara Island

MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from FOB Point Mugu file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen.

MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from FOB Point Mugu file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 31-year-old diver from a vessel near Santa Barbara Island, Tuesday.

At approximately 11:03 a.m., a person aboard the 78-foot recreational sport fishing vessel, Alessa Leigh, contacted Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach reporting a 31-year-old diver experiencing symptoms of decompression sickness.

After consulting with the duty flight surgeon, watchstanders at Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach dispatched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Forward Operating Base Point Mugu to respond.

The aircrew arrived on scene, hoisted the man and transported him to the University of Southern California Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber.

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