New details of a scuba diving accident off Panama City Beach are being released. The US Coast Guard has confirmed that the captain of the vessel involved in the incident is under investigation.
Neither the name of the captain nor any details of that probe have been released. Coast Guard Lieutenant Michael Clausen says the divers were on board a commercial fishing boat, but the Captain told investigators that the off-shore trip was recreational.
One diver died in the Saturday morning incident, and a second diver is being treated for decompression sickness--commonly known as "the bends."
The injured diver was initially transported to Bay Medical Center, but a hospital spokesperson says he was later taken to another facility for treatment.
The names of the divers have not been released.
One man is dead and another is being treated for decompression sickness after a diving accident six miles off the coast of Panama City.
The U. S. Coast Guard responded at about 8:00 a.m. Saturday and met a commercial fishing boat at the mouth of the St. Andrew Pass. According to Lt. Michael Clausen of the USCG Mobile, Alabama Sector, one of the divers was unresponsive to CPR efforts. The second diver was suffering symptoms of the bends and was taken to Bay Medical Center where he is being treated in a hyperbaric chamber, Lt. Clausen said.
The Coast Guard has taken possession of the dive equipment as part of its investigation. The identities of the divers and the boat operator have not been released.