Coast Guard Medevacs Unconscious Diver

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard medevaced a 55-year-old male diver after he began slipping in and out of consciousness near Anacapa Island, Calif., early Saturday afternoon.

The Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Command Center received the call for help from the dive vessel Explorer, and launched a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Los Angeles and a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor, Calif. Before heading to the scene, the motor lifeboat embarked three paramedics from the Ventura County Fire Department.

Once alongside the Explorer, the Ventura paramedics assessed the man and determined he did not require a hyperbaric chamber. The diver was taken back to the Coast Guard station where emergency medical personnel were standing by to transport him to St. John Hospital in Ventura, Calif.

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