Coast Guard rescues scuba diver near White Point

A Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued a 19-year-old man near White Point December 5, 2015. The man was trapped in a kelp bed for more than two hours and signaled the helicopter crew with a flashlight. Left to right: Lt. Greg Waugh, survivor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Chase Blackman, and Lt. Tim Olah. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Michael Freeman.

A Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued a 19-year-old man near White Point December 5, 2015.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Michael Freeman.

LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard rescued a 19-year-old man from a kelp bed 30 yards from White Point, Saturday.

At about 6:30 p.m., Saturday, crewmembers aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles were on a routine patrol when they flew over an individual attempting to flash them down using a flashlight. The rescue crew then hovered and lowered the rescue basket down to hoist the scuba diver out of the water.

The man was reported to be scuba diving alone when he got trapped in a kelp bed and could not get himself out. He was trapped for more than two hours before signaling the helicopter.

The aircrew safely transferred the man to Air Station Los Angeles where he was reported to be in good condition.

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