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COASTGUARD ROUND-UP: Search for missing diver
9:31am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A SEARCH was launched for a missing scallop diver in Weymouth Bay.
The man was found safe and well by a fishing vessel.
Volunteer press officer for Weymouth RNLI Ken Francis said the dive boat had searched for 45 minutes before raising the alarm.
The RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats were launched, as well as the Portland Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, and a number of commercial and pleasure vessels also joined the search at around 5pm yesterday.
Earlier in the day the Portland Coastguard Rescue Helicopter airlifted a diver who was suffering shoulder pain.
The dive boat Scimitar reported the incident at around 2pm and the man was airlifted to the recompression chamber at Poole Hospital where he was met by Poole Coastguards, a dive doctor and an ambulance.
Elsewhere, a fishing boat had to be towed back to harbour after running out of fuel.
The Sophie 1 was able to anchor but in danger of being driven onto the breakwater due to strong winds.
Local boat Skindeeper towed the fishing boat to safety and the RNLI lifeboat then continued the tow back to its moorings in Castletown on Portland.
It happened at around 9am.
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