Coast Guard Makes Rescue In Ocracoke

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The Coast Guard rescued and then medevacked a man following a dive accident today in the waters off of Ocracoke.

A crew member from the boat Lion's Paw says a first-time diver came up too fast from a depth of 100 feet and was unconscious.

It happened approximately 15 miles southeast of Ocracoke.

He was taken to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia where he was conscious and alert when he arrived.


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  • by nunca on Aug 19, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    woops i see he is in Norfolk.
  • by nunca on Aug 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    a first time diver should not even be starting out in open water....period. 60 feet is the recreational diving limit for divers with an open water certification and no other advanced training. You have to do at least one open water checkout dive with a master diver to even get an open water cert. Hope he is ok. They probably have him sitting in the decomp chamber at Duke.
  • by Chris Location: Hulett on Aug 19, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    Why was a 1st time diver so deep?
  • by shipwreck Location: greenville on Aug 18, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    Sounds like the British Splendor in 16 fathoms 15 miles South of Ocracoke inlet. It was a tanker sunk in 1942 by torpedo I think.
  • by Jackie O'Neal Location: Newbern on Aug 18, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    I want to know what wreck was 15 miles south of Ocracoke, because unless you go way offshore nothing is 100ft deep.
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