US Coast Guard Medevaced 38 Year-old Diver From Gulf of Mexico
The Coast Guard medevaced a 38-year-old diver 26 miles northwest of Anclote River on Thursday, December 21, 2017.
Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call at 12:33 p.m. via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from a boater aboard the 28-foot boat, All the Way, stating that 38 year-old Nick Lichatz ascended rapidly from a dive and was in need of emergency medical assistance.
A flight surgeon, from Coast Guard 7th District, Miami, was notified and recommended Lichatz be medevaced.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Sand Key was launched, arrived on scene, and transported Lichatz with the assistance of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit.
The boatcrew medevaced Lichatz in stable condition to Anclote River Park where EMS personnel provided further care.