RAF Boulmer helicopter rescues 12-year-old boy off Seahouses

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy was rescued by helicopter while diving off the north Northumberland coast yesterday.

The boy was taken to the Hyperbaric Chamber at Hull by helicopter after the diveboat he was diving from with his family off Seahouses contacted the coastguard to report that he had made a rapid ascent from 12 metres and was suffering from decompression sickness.

Humber Coastguard took advice from the Institute of Naval Medicine and then placed them in a link call with the boat, also requesting the launch of the rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Just after noon the helicopter arrived on scene and airlifted the boy and his father to the chamber at the BUPA Hospital in Hull.