A diver was rescued after Seattle police, fire and U.S. Coast Guard units responded to the popular Puget Sound dive spot.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Seattle police and fire departments responded to rescue a student diver who became disoriented Sunday afternoon in West Seattle near Seacrest Park, a popular diving spot.
Fire Department Capt. Shata Stephenson said the 20-year-old diver was with a partner and “was within her first five dives.” He said a preliminary investigation indicates the partner became disoriented and surfaced, and expected the woman to surface as well, but she didn’t.
The captain said that was around noon, and it took nearly 20 minutes before the Fire Department was dispatched. The woman was found underwater about 12:57 p.m., taken to the surface and flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, Stephenson said.
Divers from the Fire Department and members of the woman’s dive class participated in the search, as did the Seattle Police Harbor Patrol and the Coast Guard, which sent a helicopter to the scene.
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