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COASTGUARD REPORT: Airlifted divers and 'distress' signals investigated
8:39am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
MISSING people, ‘distress flashes’ and emergency hospital transfers are all in a day’s work for Dorset’s coastguard.
Yesterday morning Portland Coastguard Helicopter was sent to pick up a female diver from an inland dive centre in Somerset.
She had symptoms of decompression sickness and was airlifted to Poole recompression chamber.
Just before 4pm the helicopter was called to help transfer a critically ill patient from Dorset County Hospital to Southampton General Hospital.
Shortly before 6pm coastguards were called by a member of the public at the Grove, Portland, who was concerned that a flashing light out at sea that could be an SOS. Coastguards asked the caller to state the sequence of the flashes and were able to determine that it was the West Shambles Cardinal Bouy.
The caller was thanked for his vigilance and assured that nothing was untoward.
Dorset Police asked the coastguards for assistance after a 71 year old male was reported as missing in the area of Chesil Beach, Portland, at 8pm.
But on investigation the man was located safe and well and no further action was needed.
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