Happisburgh lifeboat aids diver with suspected ‘bends’

A diver who got into difficulties off Happisburgh yesterday morning, Sunday, was brought ashore by lifeboat and taken by ambulance to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

Happisburgh lifeboat launched shortly before 10am to help the 61-year-old man who was diving off a boat about three miles north-east of the RNLI station when he had a problem with his suit and came back to the surface very quickly from a depth of 26 meters.

The dive boat called for medical help, fearing he might be affected by decompression sickness, also known as 'the bends'. The lifeboat crew was alongside the dive boat at 10.15am where the man was receiving oxygen. He and his dive buddy were transferred to the lifeboat.

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