Authorities rescue unconscious diver off the coast of Long Beach

A recreational diver who fell unconscious while swimming near an oil platform called Island Eureka 8 miles off the coast of Long Beach was rescued Saturday morning.

Multiple rescue agencies responded to a call about the unconscious diver at about 9:45 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Benjamin McIntyre said.

The man, 40, was pulled out of the water and was safely onboard a Baywatch Cabrillo boat, according to McIntyre.

A Coast Guard helicopter was on route to transport the man to a hospital in Long Beach, but instead changed course and met with the boat and hoisted the man in a rescue basket.

Rescue crews said they were going to transport the man to a medical facility on Catalina Island.

There, the facility has a hyperbaric chamber––which is used in oxygen therapy–– for additional life-saving measures, McIntyre said.

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