Swanage lifeboat launches to assist divers suffering decompression sickness

Lifeguards News Release

Swanage's all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist a local dive charter boat following a Mayday call.

The dive boat had issued a 'Mayday' when two of its divers made a rapid ascent from the wreck of the 'Kyara' off Anvil Point. One of the divers was showing signs of decompression sickness and required evacuation.

The Coastguard helicopter had been requested to evacuate the casualties and the lifeboat was asked to assist in the process. The lifeboat launched, was quickly on scene and put a crewmember aboard the dive boat to get an update on the situation and assist with the winching operations.

The helicopter arrived a few minutes later and one at a time the divers were winched up. They were then flown to the decompression chamber in Poole for treatment. The lifeboat volunteers were then released to return to station.

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