A rescue operation involving the UK Coastguard a lifeboat from Littlehampton and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee on the Solent has been launched after a vessel carrying divers called a mayday.
The charter vessel ‘Final Answer’ called the UK Coastguard just after 3.20pm on Sunday afternoon to advise they had a diver on aboard who was suffering from decompression sickness and required urgent medical attention. A lifeboat from the RNLI in Littlehampton has been launched and the rescue helicopter 175 has been scrambled from it’s base in Lee on the Solent. It is understood that the vessel is approximately eight miles out at sea. It is understood that the helicopter paramedic has been winched aboard the vessel to recover the sick diver and it’s the helicopter’s intention to fly the sick person to a decompression chamber after they have missed two stops on their return to the surface following a dive with others.
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