Four divers airlifted to Poole after suffering from decompression sickness
DIVERS are being warned after four people were treated in a decompression chamber in Poole within the space of one hour.
Portland Coastguard are reminding divers to make their stops when surfacing to prevent them suffering from decompression sickness.
Portland Coastguard Watch Manager Maddy Davey said: "The most common diving incident we had in 2012 was decompression illness with 40 recorded incidents last year.
"Divers should make sure they are adequately qualified and experienced for the dive they plan to undertake, keeping a close eye on weather and sea conditions, and making their own personal fitness a top priority for safe diving.
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"You should always familiarise yourself with new or different gear before planning deep dives and to always dive within your limits."
A dive boat contacted Portland Maritime Resuce Coordination Centre yesterday afternoon after one of their divers had made a rapid descent.
The diver was transferred to the recompression chamber in Poole. Fifteen minutes later, the coastguard received a call from the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) - with the Portland rescue helicopter sent to Chepstow, Monmouthshire to fly three other divers back to Poole.
The three divers had been diving in a quarry, and were suffering symptoms of decompression sickness.