Coast Guard medevacs unconscious diver

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (D5 Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard medevaced an unconscious diver 30 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C., at 12:20 p.m. today.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet received notification at 10:58 a.m., from the Flying Fish, a 58-foot recreational dive vessel, that a diver was unconscious after a 10-minute 130-foot dive.

A helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., hoisted the man aboard and transported him to Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Va., for treatment.

“We have training every month for CPR and dive injuries so that we are prepared for anything that might come up,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley Pigage, the rescue swimmer in the crew.

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