Coast Guard responds to dive accident off North Carolina

5th Coast Guard District News
FORT MACON, N.C. – A Coast Guard boatcrew responded to a dive accident involving a 60-year-old man approximately 29 miles southeast of Beaufort Inlet, N.C. Tuesday.

A crewman aboard the dive boat Olympus contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina via VHF-FM channel 16 at 9:39 a.m., reporting that a diver was recovered from the bottom of a 120-foot dive unresponsive and not breathing.

An Olympus crewmember immediately started administering CPR.

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew was dispatched from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon with a Coast Guard EMT aboard. Upon arrival, the EMT was transferred to the Olympus and both boats returned to Fort Macon and awaiting emergency medical service personnel. The diver was then transported to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, N.C. where he was declared deceased.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

“This is the fourth diving accident in eastern North Carolina in the last two months,” said Lt. Kevin Sullivan, of Sector North Carolina. “Cases like this are a reminder that diving is an inherently dangerous sport. Those participating are encouraged to exercise all due caution.”

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