Diver surfaces unconscious off Portland

Diver surfaces unconscious off Portland

Published by Justin Gladdis at 6:26pm 11th July 2019. (Updated at 7:13am 12th July 2019)

The diver is in hospital tonight following a major rescue operation.

The incident happened around 2pm as he surfaced unconscious.

A Mayday call from a dive vessel had been made to HM Coastguard.

Weymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched just after 2pm along with rescue teams from Wyke Coastguard, the Lee on Solent Coastguard helicopter, and Dorset Police.

A spokesman for Weymouth Lifeboat said: 

"CPR had been started on the diver whilst he was still on the dive boat and was continued by the lifeboat crew."

"When the helicopter arrived on scene the Paramedic winchman was dropped onto the lifeboat to assess the condition of the diver.

"It was decided that the lifeboat would return to Weymouth with the diver still receiving first aid rather than transferring him up into the helicopter."

He was transferred to a waiting ambulance.