December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A Dutch vessel heading from Rotterdam to Lowestoft called for help this afternoon after a diver operating from the ship was suspected to be suffering from Decompression Sickness also known as ‘The Bends’.
Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat Spirit of Lowestoft was launched at 4.50pm after Humber Coastguard received a call from the 25 metre vessel Dolfijn requesting the medical evacuation of the diver.
A Search & Rescue (SAR) helicopter from RAF Wattisham was also scrambled to the vessel, which was 20 miles south east of the Lowestoft.
Coxswain John Fox said: “We were called to support the SAR helicopter in the rescue of a diver in trouble. We were within four miles of the incident when the helicopter reported that they were on scene and had the man on board.”
The SAR helicopter then headed to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston with the casualty and Lowestoft lifeboat returned to port.