Lifeboat launched to unconscious diver

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 2pm on Thursday 11th July to reports of a diver who had surfaced unconscious and was on a dive vessel which then declared a Mayday. A Coastguard helicopter was also tasked by Solent Coastguard and a nearby warship was also alerted.

Training exercise between Weymouth lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth lifeboat with Coastguard helicopter

On arrival 4 miles North West of Portland Bill the lifeboat came alongside the dive vessel and transferred the diver onto the lifeboat. CPR had been started on the diver whilst he was still on the dive boat and was continued by the lifeboat crew.

When the helicopter arrived on scene the Paramedic winchman was dropped onto the lifeboat to assess the condition of the diver. It was decided that the lifeboat would return to Weymouth with the diver still receiving first aid rather than transferring him up into the helicopter.

On arrival back at Weymouth the lifeboat tied up at the old ferry terminal linkspan and the casualty was handed over to the care of a waiting ambulance.

The lifeboat was then released and returned to station where she was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

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