Tyne & Wear

Diver, 12, airlifted off Northumberland coast

A 12-year-old boy was airlifted for specialist treatment after he became unwell while diving off the Northumberland coast.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the crew on the dive boat off Seahouses contacted them shortly after 11:30 BST.

They said the boy, who had been diving with his family, had made a rapid ascent from 12m (39ft) and was showing symptoms of decompression sickness.

An RAF Boulmer helicopter crew took him to a hyperbaric chamber in Hull.

Humber Coastguard took advice from the Institute of Naval Medicine and put them on a link call with the boat.

The boy and his father were airlifted by the helicopter to the unit in Hull.

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