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Coast Guard Rescues Injured Diver in Biscayne Bay
The diver was struck by the propeller of a passing boat.

Posted Monday, August 12, 2013

Coast Guard Rescues Injured Diver in Biscayne Bay
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Miami, hoists Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Parra, a rescue swimmer, during helicopter training with Station Miami Beach, Fla., off the coast of Miami Feb. 21, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Laberdesque.

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MIAMI — An injured diver was medically evacuated by a Coast Guard aircrew after an offshore boating incident occurred near Biscayne Bay, Fla., Sunday.

While on routine patrol, the crewmembers of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Miami received a mayday alert from a boater near Biscayne Bay, stating he was on scene and assisting a diver who had suffered deep laceration to one of his legs due to being struck by another vessel and required medical attention.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 2 p.m., and safely hoisted the injured diver. The diver informed the helicopter crew that the propeller of another vessel struck him while he was diving.

The 27-year-old injured diver was transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are investigating cause incident.

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