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Two divers rescued in separate incidents off Dorset coast
4:25pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
TWO divers have been rescued from the sea off Dorset this afternoon.
The Portland Coastguard helicopter was scrambled twice to incidents involving divers suffering decompression sickness a couple of hours apart.
The first incident at 12.30pm involved a 68-year-old man who had made a rapid ascent of 32 metres during a dive exploring the dredger St Dunstan off West Bay.
He was hauled onto Wey Chieftain 4 and on the advice of a dive doctor was airlifted to the recompression chamber at Poole for treatment.
The helicopter was back in action at 2.15pm to airlift a 37-year-old woman who again had made a rapid ascent, although from a shorter distance, following a dive east of Portland.
A spokesman for Portland Coastguard said the woman was taken to the recompression chamber by the helicopter, again on the advice of the dive doctor.
Both divers were conscious when they were rescued.
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