Coast Guard medevacs 57-year-old skin diver

TAMPA, Fla. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 57-year-old male from a recreational vessel about 30-miles west of Tampa Bay, at approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Crewmembers aboard the vessel Brown Eyed Girl contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., command center at 4:20 p.m. reporting that David BaptistĀ  was suffering from decompression sickness after scuba diving and needed immediate medical attention.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg search-and-rescue coordinators launched an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and safely hoisted Baptist aboard the aircraft.

Baptist was taken to Florida Hospital in Orlando at about 6:45 p.m.

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