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UK University diver treated for bends

“A MEMBER of an Edinburgh-based diving club was rescued on 17th March after undergoing treatment after suffering an attack of the bends.

The 23-year-old woman surfaced unconscious following a dive of between 24 and 40 metres near Oban, Scotland.

The woman, who has not been named, was a member of the Edinburgh University diving club, which was taking part in a dive above the site of the wreck Breda in Ardmucknish Bay.

A spokesman for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a faint mayday signal had been received by Clyde coastguard from the club’s boat just after 10.30am, followed by a 999 call from fellow divers.

Oban lifeboat was launched and a rescue helicopter scrambled from the Royal Naval air station at Prestwick. A doctor on board the lifeboat examined the unconscious woman and found she needed immediate treatment in a hyperbaric chamber.

The woman was taken to shore by lifeboat and met by the Oban coastguard team and an ambulance and taken to the Dunstaffnage hyperbaric chamber, two miles from Oban.

Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
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