Wednesday 16 October 2019

Diver among dramatic weekend rescues

The Shauna Leon
The Shauna Leon

David Tucker

A WEXFORD diver was flown to Galway University Hospital for emergency treatment on Sunday after surfacing with decompression sickness.

The man, a member of Wexford Sub Aqua Club, was brought to Kilmore Quay lifeboat station by his dive boat after both the RNLI and the Coast Guard were alerted. The incident is the second of its kind off the South East coast in as many weeks and follows a similar rescue off the Hook.

The diver involved in Sunday's incident was treated at the lifeboat station before being taken to Forlorn Point where the Rescue 117 helicopter had landed.

He was then flown to the decompression unit at Galway University Hospital.

'Three experienced divers were about 20 metres down for about 30 minutes when they started their ascent. One of them appears to have come up a bit too fast,' said a spokesman for Wexford Sub Aqua Club.

'When they surfaced the others got him into the boat and put him on oxygen. They assessed the situation and called the helicopter as he was showing signs of decompression sickness.'

The man was given five hours in the decompression chamber on Sunday and two hours on Monday.

'The news we now have is that all is well and he is expected to make a full recovery,' said a spokesman for the Kilmore Quay lifeboat.

* Meanwhile, Kilmore Quay lifeboat was in action later in the day following reports that a crew member had been badly scalded on a trawler, some 17 miles offshore.

With a doctor on board, the lifeboat made rendezvous with the trawler Shauna Leon shortly after 3 p.m. The injured crew member, named locally as Gerry Culleton, was taken on board the lifeboat and treated by the doctor before being brought to Kilmore Quay and taken to Wexford General Hospital.

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