Coast Guard evacuates critically ill Scuba diver from Havelock

  Coast Guard evacuates critically ill Scuba diver from Havelock

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Coast Guard swiftly evacuated the critically ill tourist  from Havelock on 19 Feb 15. At about 1015 hrs on 19 Feb, information was received from Dy Director Health cum Port Health officer Port Blair A&N administration, at Coast Guard MRCC Port Blair regarding life threatening condition of a tourist following Scuba Diving at Havelock. The tourist has developed vertigo while undergoing Scuba Diving.

( this article was sourced from The Echo  of India. Click link to read rest of the story there)

 What’s “Vertigo”?

Loss of spatial balance sense, at depth is extremely hazardous and requires immediate controlled ascent (look at your bubbles to be sure which way is up). If vomiting occurs, leave one side of your regulator in your mouth and throw up out the other side. Don’t try to dive any more and seek immediate help from a diving aware ENT physician for a thorough evaluation of your inner ear.


Treatment of most vertigo patients is symptomatic, suspension of diving and bed rest. If the vertigo is really bad – the patient cannot get out of bed due to the whirling sensation. Drugs most often used are antihistamines, topical decongestants, topical steroid sprays and antibiotics.

The Indian  Coast Guard is the National Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinating Authority for executing /Coordinating Search and Rescue (SAR) missions in the Indian Maritime Search and Rescue Region (ISRR).  Director General Indian Coast Guard is the National Maritime SAR Coordinating Authority (NMSARCA). Under NMSARCA, the ISRR of India is divided into three areas with Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs) located at Mumbai, Chennai, and Port Blair. There are 10 Maritime Rescue Sub Centres (MRSCs) and 03 Maritime Rescue Sub Sub Centres (MRSSCs) operate under these MRCCs.  The multi mission Indian Coast Guard Stations located along the coast, deploys state of the art ships and aircraft to provide SAR coverage  in ISRR.

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