Coast Guard responds to unresponsive diver near Bellingham, WA

 SEATTLE – The Coast Guard responded to a report of an unresponsive 25-year-old female diver off Lummi Rocks near Bellingham, Wash., today.

Coast Guard Station Bellingham launched a 33-foot response boat crew after a crewman from the charter vessel Deep Sea contacted the station on VHF channel 16 to request assistance at 10:30 a.m. Station Bellingham arrived at the reported location at 10:44 a.m.

The crew of the response boat performed CPR while transporting the victim to awaiting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on shore. The victim was then transported by EMS to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.

Station Bellingham is the northernmost station in the district. Its area of responsibility includes the San Juan Islands north to the Canadian Border. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Station Bellingham averages 150 search and rescue cases, and 300 maritime law enforcement boardings per year. Every year station personnel assist approximately 150 people, saving dozens of lives and almost a half-million dollars in property.

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