Coast Guard rescues diver from boat off Barnegat Inlet

    (Image: U.S. Coast Guard)

    (Image: U.S. Coast Guard)

    The U.S. Coast Guard this morning rescued a diver suffering from an undisclosed illness on a boat off the Barnegat Inlet. 

    A crew member aboard the vessel Dina Dee contacted Coast Guard watchstanders around 10:45 a.m. and advised that a man was reportedly involved in a dive incident about eight miles off Barnegat Light, according to a release. 

    A crew aboard a 47-foot motor lifeboat (MLB) arrived from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light.

    The man was transported from the vessel to awaiting EMS personnel at Station Barnegat Light and was then airlifted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia for treatment.

    Authorities have not released any additional information. 

    “Always paying attention to people around you and being able to recognize signs and symptoms of possible medical problems is very important,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Zimmermann, the coxswain on the MLB. “Luckily we were nearby and able to assist in getting him to proper medical care.”

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