Coast Guard rescues man with neck injury following dive off boat

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued a 40-year-old man who was injured after he dove off his boat into a sand bar at Presque Isle Bay North of the Erie Yacht Club Saturday afternoon.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Erie, Pa., was notified at 1:35 p.m. from a local 911 emergency dispatcher of a 40-year-old man who dove off his boat into 5 feet of water, hit a sand bar, and reportedly could no longer feel or move his arms.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Erie and Erie Fire Department paramedic launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat—Small.

The rescue crew entered the water to immobilize the man using a stokes litter, a type of rescue stretcher, brought him aboard the RB-S and transported him to the Erie Yacht Club, where emergency medical services were waiting to take the man to Hamot Medical Center, in Erie.

The man was listed in serious condition.

The surgeon attending to the man at Hamot Medical Center stated that the quick and professional response of the rescue crew and Erie Fire Department paramedic prevented more extensive injuries.

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