Coast Guard medevacs diver 18 miles east of Hatteras Inlet

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 52-year-old man from a dive boat approximately 18 miles southeast of Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, Sunday.

The captain of the dive boat Under Pressure contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders via VHF-FM at approximately 3 p.m. and reported a diver was suffering from from signs of decompression sickness.

Sector watchstanders launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet to assist.

The Coast Guard crew arrived on scene at approximately 4:30 p.m., transferred the man aboard their boat and took him to the station, where the diver was met by a waiting aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and taken to Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk.

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