Rescuers in own drama

A rescue helicopter taking a stricken diver to a decompression chamber was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday[Sun].

A rescue helicopter taking a stricken diver to a decompression chamber was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday[Sun].

The 50-year-old diver, who was suffering from "the bends", was rescued from Seahouses harbour off the coast of Northumberland at about 12.30pm.

He was being flown to Hull Royal Infirmary to be placed in a decompression chamber when the helicopter from RAF Boulmer got into difficulties.

The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at farmland in Marske, Teesside, where the diver was transferred to an air ambulance.

A Humber Coastguard spokesman said: "The diver had been swimming at Seahouses harbour when he came to the surface too fast and got into difficulties.

"He was aided by a passing vessel, Sovereign II, before being rescued by the coastguard. The man complained of tingling in his left arm, which is a symptom of decompression sickness, so the decision was made to take him to hospital by helicopter.

"Unfortunately, the helicopter broke down on the way and was forced to land. The diver was then taken by a second helicopter to the decompression chamber in Hull.

"The RAF helicopter was still being repaired on Teesside last night."

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