Diver rescued by Coast Guard near Hernando Beach, Fla.

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew takes off from Air Station Kodiak, AlaskaST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 40-year-old man was rescued by the Coast Guard during a diving accident 90 miles west of Hernando Beach, Florida, Saturday.

The operator of the vessel, Cave Diver, contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders over VHF-FM channel 16 radio reporting the man resurfaced from his first dive and likely had the bends.

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, arrived on scene, hoisted the man and transported him to Florida South Hospital in Orlando, Florida, in stable condition.

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