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Withernsea multi agency call out to aid of diver in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Withernsea RNLI volunteers were tasked on Saturday 29 June by HMCG at 1.13pm to assist Withernsea Coastguard in the recovery of a diver who was possibly suffering from the effects of the bends five miles off Withernsea.


Dive vessel, lifeboat crew and coastguard helicopter

Withernsea RNLI volunteers gathered at the station immediately and by 1.16pm were ready to assist when it became apparent a landing site for the Coastguard helicopter was required on the beach to the south of the lifeboat station.

Withernsea Coastguard and the RNLI volunteers helped clear the beach of holidaymakers to safely allow the beaching of the dive vessel between one set of grounds and the landing of the Coastguard helicopter in the next.

Throughout the incident it was overseen by one of the RNLI lifeguards who had only come on service at 10am that morning. He administered first aid until the paramedic from the Coastguard helicopter was on scene.

Upon assessment the casualty was transported by air to Castle Hill hospital for treatment at the hyperbaric chamber.

The Coastguard, lifeguards and lifeboat all effectively worked together on the job in hand, making it a successful rescue.

The diver is safe and well.

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