Coast Guard rescues injured diver near Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- A Coast Guard helicopter rescued a diver about 15 miles northwest of Tarpon Springs on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard says it received a call shortly before 10:30 a.m. that a crew member on board a charter dive boat was unresponsive after sustaining injuries while diving.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter that was already in the air was diverted to the location as another crew member aboard the boat performed CPR.

The helicopter quickly arrived on scene and hoisted up both the diver and the crew member who was performing CPR.

They were then flown to Tampa General Hospital.

Watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater while a crew member aboard the dive boat CPR.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 10:25 a.m., hoisted both the diver and the crew member conducting CPR and transported them to Tampa General Hospital.

There's no word on the diver's condition at this time.


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