Coast Guard medevacs woman from dive vessel

BEAUFORT INLET, N.C. – The Coast Guard medevaced a 30-year-old female 30 nautical miles southeast of Beaufort Inlet Friday.

The Coast Guard received a call at 10:35 a.m. from a crewmember aboard the dive vessel Mutiny reporting that they had an unconscious diver.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, N.C., was dispatched to the diving vessel.

An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., arrived on scene and transported the woman from the 47-foot Motor Life Boat to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Va.

“I urge all divers to err on the side of caution when recreational diving in the Crystal Coast waters,” said Captain Anthony Popiel, commanding officer of Sector North Carolina. “There have been several dive incidents in the last couple of weeks. Please ensure that all the proper courses have been taken and that safety is the priority.”

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