Cornwall

Divers airlifted off The Lizard after suffering the bends

Two divers have been airlifted for medical treatment after a suspected decompression sickness incident.

The women were part of a group diving on the Manacles, a collection of rocks off The Lizard in Cornwall.

It was believed they suffered the condition, also known as the bends, after ascending too rapidly to the sea surface, coastguards said.

A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose has flown them to the Diving Diseases Research Centre in Plymouth.

Resurfacing too quickly can result in bubbles of gas forming in a diver's blood supply, which can be fatal.

The Diving Diseases Research Centre is a medical research and training charity which uses a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to treat divers suffering from the condition.

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