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Bends diver rescued from English Channel

  • 9 June 2014
  • From the section England

A diver had to be airlifted from the English Channel after suffering a case of the bends.

The 57-year-old man was rescued from the sea between the Isle of Wight and Cherbourg after showing symptoms of decompression sickness.

He was airlifted by the coastguard helicopter to the recompression chamber at Poole, where he remains.

Portland coastguard, which led the rescue, said the man had dived to a depth of 65m (210ft).

Decompression sickness is caused by dissolved gases forming bubbles inside the body.

Symptoms include joint pain in the arms and legs, rashes and itching of the skin.

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