Always on call; Ready to respond

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The 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula rescue the displaced diver. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Mobile.

Yesterday morning the Coast Guard received a call from a concerned crew reporting a missing diver six miles southeast of Perdido Pass. Their diver had not resurfaced for 90 minutes after going in with only an hour’s worth of oxygen.

The watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile quickly responded by diverting the Coast Guard Cutter Coho and a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Pensacola.

The Coast Guard vessels quickly respond showing up on scene within 35 minutes of the initial notification and within an hour the diver was quickly located by boat crews on scene.

Station Pensacola’s small boat crew successfully recovered the diver who was responsive and overall in good condition. During his planned 30 minute dive, the strong currents swept him 2.5 miles away from his boat and point of entry.

“Our crews did an excellent job quickly responding to this incident, which could have turned out much worse,” said Lt. j.g. Bradley Parker, Sector Mobile Enforcement. “The Coast Guard would like to remind all boaters participating in recreational sports such as diving to take the proper and necessary precautions to minimize the associated dangers.”

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The Coast Guard Cutter Coho and a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula locate the displaced diver. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Mobile.