Airlifted Diver Expected To Make Quick Recovery

Photo by Andy Watts.

The diver being airlifted from the boat. Photo by Andy Watts.

A diver who was airlifted from Scilly yesterday should make a quick recovery and return to the islands.

The 65-year-old man, who was diving near Wingletang Ledge with members of his diving club, was winched aboard the RNAS Culdrose helicopter from the dive boat and taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

He ascended the 38 metres to the surface too quickly.

Dive boat operator Dave McBride believes that the quick reaction of the man’s diving partner, a doctor, helped prevent a more serious injury.

The diver was unconscious when he surfaced and as the clinician suspected a case of the bends, the Royal Navy helicopter was dispatched at 9.40am to take the patient to the specialist diving medical unit in Devon.

The diver appeared to suffer equipment failure. Dave says a valve in his suit apparently failed and it was pumped up, “looking like a balloon” when he reached the surface.

The other members of the diver’s party weren’t too shaken up by the experience and continued their holiday programme of wreck diving off St Agnes in the afternoon.