Diver Waits 45 Minutes For Chopper
8:18am 20th August 2013
South Dorset MP Richard Drax has hit out at the Government after it took 45 minutes to transport a diver suffering from the bends in West Bay to the recompression chamber in Poole at the weekend.
It's after a chopper from Lee on Solent had to airlift the casualty because Portland's Helicopter was busy.
Weymouth Lifeboat started the journey and met the chopper on route to save time.
From 2017 all rescues helicopters will launch from the Hampshire base and our local crew will be grounded.
MP Drax, who led a campaign to save Portland's Helicopter, says he's going to write to transport ministers about this latest rescue:
"I wrote to a Minister quite recently warning him, and I will do the same following this incident. I just hope at some stage someone is going to listen. Because for 2 years now they have not! As I warned, and everyone else warned, this could lead to fatalities of our helicopter goes. It's unacceptable."
Under Government plans Portland's Coastguard Helicopter will be grounded and rescue choppers will instead fly from Lee on Solent in emergencies.