Coast Guard Responds to Two Separate Dive Incidents

Los Angeles- The Coast Guard responded to two separate cases this morning both involving possible dive related illnesses off the coast of California.

The first involved a 69-year-old man, with labored breathing after a 112 ft dive off of Eureka Oil Platform off the coast of San Pedro, Calif.

An HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles and rescue vessels from Long Beach Lifeguards, Orange County Rescue, and Baywatch Cabrillo were dispatched to the scene.

Long Beach Lifeguards arrived on scene and delivered the patient to Long Beach Fire who transported the patient to Long Beach Memorial Hospital in good condition.

The second involved a 66-year-old man suffering from a possible dive related illness after diving in the vicinity of San Nicholas Island, Calif.

A rescue swimmer from an HH-65 was lowered to the dive vessel and hoisted the patient. The patient was delivered to the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber in stable condition.

Education about water safety is important, and the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary urge boaters, divers, kayakers, canoeists and all members of the maritime community to take a boating safety course.

These courses are offered all over the country by the Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as by other organizations. Safety starts with education and taking an approved course is a good way to stay safe during the summer and year round.

For more information about safe boating courses, contact the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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