North Carolina diving accident sends man to Virginia hospital

A 56-year-old man was rescued by the Coast Guard after being involved in a diving accident off the coast of North Carolina. The man, aboard the Midnight Express, was reportedly about 30 miles south of Beaufort Inlet when the accident happened this past weekend.

Crew members aboard that boat said the man had just completed a 110-foot dive and began complaining of shortness of breath and other symptoms once he surfaced. The diver was airlifted to a hospital in Norfolk, Va., according to Blue Ridge Now.
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Our North Carolina personal injury lawyers understand why our coasts were rated as the No. 1 wreck diving destination in North America by the readers of Scuba Diving Magazine in 2006. Our area offers beautiful underwater attractions, including the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the natural ledges off Topsail Beach and area offshore Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras.

Although our coasts provide these beautiful views and amazing diving attractions, diving can be rather inhospitable. Our oceans contain cold waters, tough currents, high seas, strong winds and low visibility. All of these conditions put divers at great risks. Dive operators have their hands full with the obligation to make sure customers’ skills are up to the task and that all divers are safe.

The coastal areas of North Carolina continue to appeal as a popular vacation destination and recreation area. A number of scuba divers are drawn to our shores every year to dive down and explore the beautiful marine life and popular World War II wrecks.

Thinking about jumping in and exploring what the coasts of North Carolina have to offer? Scuba Diving Smiles offers you these tips to keep you safe:

-Make sure you get trained first. Get certified.

-Remember to breathe slowly and relax. A lot of people feel the inclination to hold their breath. Do not do it. Holding your breath can lead to lung injuries.

-Make sure you’re in good shape. While you don’t need to be an Olympic gold medalist, try getting a physical exam before diving. Some studies report that about a third of all scuba fatalities are caused by heart and/or circulatory problems.

-Never dive alone. This is the No. 1 most important scuba diving rule. Use the buddy system. Make sure to keep an eye on one another. A scuba partner can mean the difference between life and death.

-Be sure to always check your dive equipment with your dive partner before entering the water.

-Ascend into the water slowly so that your body can rid itself of nitrogen in your body tissues.

-Do a safety stop at every 15 descended feet for at least 3 minutes for deeper dives. Be sure to do the same thing when ascending to the surface.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina diving accident, contact the experienced team of injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. For a free and confidential appointment call 1-800-887-1965 today.

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