December 11 2013 Latest news:
By MARK BOGGIS
Monday, September 2, 2013
Investigations are continuing into the death of diver who died after becoming unwell during a trip off the Norfolk coast.
The drama unfolded at about 1.20pm on Friday, at Hearty Knoll – a diving area 17 miles north-east of Great Yarmouth.
Coastguards were alerted by the operator of the Raider V dive boat, after one of the divers became unwell and had to make an emergency ascent. It is believed he suffered a heart attack, although the cause of death is still to be ascertained.
After being given emergency CPR, a RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham was called to airlift the man to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
A second diver suffered suspected decompression sickness and was taken to the JPH by the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat, Samarbeta.
It is understood the diver had gone down about 17 metres when he became unwell and had to make an emergency ascent.
The man, believed to be 49 and from Brixton in London, has yet to be named.
A spokesman for Suffolk police said a post-mortem examination would be held to determine the cause of death.
Seven people were on board the dive boat, which set off from Lowestoft on Friday.
Yesterday, the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat coxswain Paddy Lee said the man, who brought his diving buddy to the surface, was “in a lot of shock”.
Mr Lee, who has been with the lifeboat for 30 years, said: “He said his pal had suffered some medical problem on the actual dive, which is all connected with decompression sickness. It is not a common occurrence. We’ve been involved in searches for missing divers before, quite a few times, but this is the first fatality on a dive I’ve been involved in.”
Police are working with the coastguard and liaising with the Health and Safety Executive.