Coast Guard responds to dive accident off New Jersey coast

MANASQUAN INET, N.J. — The Coast Guard responded to a dive accident approximately 3 miles off the coast here Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet received a radio hail via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 8:40 a.m. from a crewmember aboard the commercial dive vessel Sea Lion reporting a dive accident. The crewmember stated a diver exited the water experiencing shallow breathing and was in need of medical assistance.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, including two emergency medical technicians, from Station Manasquan Inlet arrived on scene at about 9:05 a.m. The two technicians went aboard the Sea Lion to assist the man while the MLB and Sea Lion crews transited back to the station. Upon arrival, the man was transferred to awaiting New Jersey EMTs and transported to the Ocean Medical Center, in Brick, N.J., where he was pronounced deceased.

“It is important for people who go out on the water to have some training in first aid and medical supplies on their vessels in case of emergency. In this case, everyone aboard the Sea Lion was certified in CPR and were first aid responders who took immediate action to try and help this man until officials arrived,” said Petty Officer 2ndClass Robert McNamara, a crewmember from the station.

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