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Bends cases spark warning to divers

Coastguards have warned divers about the importance of regular stops as they come to the surface after two divers got into difficulties.

Divers suffered the bends in Pembrokeshire and at St Johns Lake in Plymouth after missing stops.

Resurfacing too quickly can result in bubbles of gas forming in a diver's body which can be dangerous.

Both divers were treated at the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) in Plymouth.

The DDRC is a medical research and training charity which uses a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to treat divers suffering from the bends (decompression sickness).

A spokesman for the Coastguard said: "We advise that dives requiring decompression stops should be planned beforehand and taken.

"Any diver who has missed planned decompression stops could suffer from decompression illness."

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