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 Report 026-027/2013


At 10.39hr on Saturday 9th November 2013, both Seahouses Lifeboats were requested to launch immediately by Humber Coastguard, following a radio message from a local dive charter boat, requesting urgent medical assistance for one of his party of divers, who was unconscious in the water. Other divers on the boat were pulling him from the water and were carrying out CPR.

Both lifeboats launched without delay and were quickly on the scene. The Inshore Lifeboat reached the scene first, and one of the crew boarded the dive boat, and began carrying out emergency resuscitation procedures, using RNLI equipment. At this time, the diver was unconscious. Meanwhile the RAF search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer had also been requested to scramble, and arrived on the scene. The casualty diver was speedily winched onto the aircraft and flown directly to Wansbeck Hospital, while the aircraft paramedic winchman continued to provide emergency care for him.

The RNLI have no information about the casualty's identity, other than he was male. It is now understood that he is thankfully alive at hospital, but believed to be very poorly.

Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton said, " This incident was a good example of smooth co-operation between the Coastguard, RNLI Lifeboat Crews and the RAF Rescue Helicopter Crew from 202 Sqdrn, RAF Boulmer. There was very serious concern for this diver, and we hope that he continues to make progress in hospital. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues, following this harrowing incident."

Sadly the diver died later that day in hospital.