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Byline: A DIVER with suspected ‘bends’ was rescued yesterday evening in a joint operation carried out by Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat and an RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer.
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The casualty had been diving on a wreck, believed to be that of the Eston, a cargo ship sunk by a mine in 1940, 1.5 miles off Whitley Bay, when his colleagues raised the alarm at approximately 9pm. The skipper of their dive boat them made a call to Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (Humber Coastguard) for assistance

Tynemouth RNLI’s all weather lifeboat with a crew of six was returning from a routine training exercise and was immediately tasked by Humber Coastguard to go to the man’s aid, as was a Search and Rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Arriving at the scene, the casualty, a man aged in his late 30s, was assessed by a volunteer RNLI crewman who is also a paramedic and was found to be suffering from symptoms common with the ‘bends’, or Decompression Sickness.

Humber Coastguard then contacted the Hyperbaric Unit in Hull and arranged for the casualty to be taken there by the RAF Sea King helicopter, and tasked a local Coastguard Rescue Team to meet the aircraft at its landing site.

The RAF helicopter arrived soon after the lifeboat and the casualty was winched on board and flown at low altitude to the specialist Hyperbaric centre which has decompression chambers to treat divers.

The lifeboat then returned to station

Adrian Don, spokesman fro Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: ‘The lifeboat was in the river Tyne having just returned from a regular training exercise when the crew were tasked to go to the aid of a diver who had suspected ‘bends’.

One of our volunteer crew is also a Paramedic and while all lifeboat crews have advanced casualty care skills his additional expertise was valuable in making an early assessment of the diver.

‘Humber Coastguard played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue operation, ensuring all relevant rescue units were tasked and that the Hyperbaric Unit was ready to receive the diver.

‘The casualty was winched on board the helicopter in an operation that went smoothly thanks to the regular training lifeboat crews carry out with the RAF, and then taken to a specialist treatment centre in Hull.’

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RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07834 731833.

 

Byline: A DIVER with suspected 'bends' was rescued yesterday evening in a joint operation carried out by Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat and an RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer.
Page Content:

The casualty had been diving on a wreck, believed to be that of the Eston, a cargo ship sunk by a mine in 1940, 1.5 miles off Whitley Bay, when his colleagues raised the alarm at approximately 9pm. The skipper of their dive boat them made a call to Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (Humber Coastguard) for assistance

Tynemouth RNLI's all weather lifeboat with a crew of six was returning from a routine training exercise and was immediately tasked by Humber Coastguard to go to the man's aid, as was a Search and Rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Arriving at the scene, the casualty, a man aged in his late 30s, was assessed by a volunteer RNLI crewman who is also a paramedic and was found to be suffering from symptoms common with the 'bends', or Decompression Sickness.

Humber Coastguard then contacted the Hyperbaric Unit in Hull and arranged for the casualty to be taken there by the RAF Sea King helicopter, and tasked a local Coastguard Rescue Team to meet the aircraft at its landing site.

The RAF helicopter arrived soon after the lifeboat and the casualty was winched on board and flown at low altitude to the specialist Hyperbaric centre which has decompression chambers to treat divers.

The lifeboat then returned to station

Adrian Don, spokesman fro Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: 'The lifeboat was in the river Tyne having just returned from a regular training exercise when the crew were tasked to go to the aid of a diver who had suspected 'bends'.

One of our volunteer crew is also a Paramedic and while all lifeboat crews have advanced casualty care skills his additional expertise was valuable in making an early assessment of the diver.

'Humber Coastguard played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue operation, ensuring all relevant rescue units were tasked and that the Hyperbaric Unit was ready to receive the diver.

'The casualty was winched on board the helicopter in an operation that went smoothly thanks to the regular training lifeboat crews carry out with the RAF, and then taken to a specialist treatment centre in Hull.'

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RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07834 731833.