Coast Guard medevacs man off Virginia Beach, Va.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced an approximately 50-year-old man off a commercial vessel approximately 10 miles east of Rudee Inlet, Va., Saturday.

The captain of the 48-foot commercial diving vessel Miss Lindsey contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 10:30 a.m., reporting that a man became unconscious approximately 10 minutes into a dive.

A 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach responded to the scene along with a boatcrew from the Virginia Beach Fire Department with emergency medical services personnel aboard, as the Miss Linsey headed toward shore while administering CPR to the unconscious man.

The RBM crew met the diving vessel and transferred the diver and an emergency medical technician aboard their boat. The crew then transported the diver and EMT to the Rudee Inlet Fishing Center where the man was transferred to awaiting Virginia Beach emergency medical services personnel where he was taken to the Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital in Virginia Beach.

“The captain of the Miss Lindsey’s knowledge of the local area and professional response assisted the diver in getting medical attention in a timely manner,” said “Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Johnson, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector Hampton Roads.

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