Coast Guard rescues 60-year-old diver with decompression sickness

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – A diver suffering decompression sickness was rescued by Coast Guard crews off Long Island, N.Y., Saturday, July 2, 2011.

The dive vessel Lockness was 35 miles southeast of Fire Island Inlet, N.Y., off Long Island, when a crew member called the Coast Guard for help with the ill diver. After consulting with a Coast Guard flight surgeon, a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fire Island and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., were dispatched to the scene.

The Coast Guard boat crew transferred the victim, Jerry Plaski, from the dive boat to their vessel. The helicopter crew then hoisted the patient and transported the 60-year-old man to Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y.

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