Coast Guard rescues three Canadian citizens in St. Lawrence Seaway after diving accident

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – Rescue boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, N.Y., rescued three Canadian citizens after a scuba diving incident near Wellesley Island, N.Y., Wednesday afternoon.

A boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, underway conducting training, heard the master of the Canadian vessel Shaleka J, a charter vessel based in Rockport, Ontario, call for help on VHF-FM channel 16 at about 11:45 a.m.

The three men were reportedly diving on the wreck of the Roy A. Jodrey, a freighter that sank in the St. Lawrence River in 1974, when one diver reportedly surfaced unconscious.

The boatcrew was able to recover the man immediately and transferred him to River Hospital, where he is reportedly in critical condition. The two other divers were transferred to a second RB-S from Station Alexandria Bay and taken to River Hospital in stable condition.

The cause of the accident is unknown. Coast Guardsmen from Marine Safety Detachment, Massena, N.Y., will be investigating the incident.

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