Coast Guard rescues diver from the Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued a diver this morning from the Gulf of Mexico, 80 miles south of Freeport, Texas.

The 64-year-old man, Gerald Glasser, had spent Monday diving in the Flower Gardens, a popular dive location deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Late that night, he began to exhibit symptoms of decompression sickness. The master of the dive boat Fling contacted the watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston for assistance at 1:37 a.m. today.

An HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston and an HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi were dispatched. The rescue helicopter crew arrived on scene at 3:46 a.m., hoisted Glasser and transported him to Air Station Houston.

Glasser was transferred to an awaiting ambulance and taken to Herman Memorial Hospital in Houston. Herman Memorial Hospital is equipped with a decompression chamber.

Glasser was reported to be in stable condition.

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