Oban lifeboat assists diver with ‘ the bends’

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The volunteer crew of Oban RNLI Lifeboat were called to help a diver in Loch Aline on Saturday (May 18), who was reported as having decompression sickness commonly known as the bends.

Shortly after 6.30pm, the UK Coastguard requested the launch of Oban RNLI Lifeboat. The Coastguard had been alerted to a female diver in Loch Aline in
the Sound of Mull who had made a rapid ascent while diving in the area.

After lauching, the Mora Edith MacDonald made contact with the dive vessel and requested that they make best speed towards Oban with the intention of rendezvousing with Oban Lifeboat.

The two vessel met in the Sound of Mull where the diver was transferred to the lifeboat and the lifeboat crew began casualty care of the woman.

The lifeboat then started the return journey to Oban and was met at the lifeboat berth at 7.40pm by an ambulance crew who transferred the patient to Oban, Lorn and the Isles Hopsital for treatment.

The lifeboat was then made ready for service again by 7.50pm.