A woman tourist diver suffered of lung decompression while she was on a trip with Sea Saba dive centre on Monday morning. The diver reportedly ascended too rapidly to the surface, which had led to lung decompression and related symptoms.
Once at Fort Bay harbour the Sea Saba boat was met by ambulance and medical staff, who transported the patient to A.M. Edwards Medical Centre in The Bottom. Local glasswork artiste Jo Bean Chambers, who was among the divers on the boat, said Sea Saba crew had taken all precautions and that in her view this was not a serious incident. Dr. Gijs Koot confirmed that the case did not require medical evacuation. “Everything went as smoothly as it can in terms of following the rescue scenario,” said Sea Saba owner Lynn Costenaro, who was at the harbour and accompanied the diver to the medical centre.
“From all accounts she panicked and bolted to the surface,” said Costenaro, who said the diver’s condition was stable after all regular procedures had been followed at the medical centre to identify if a lung overexpansion injury had occurred. She said it concerned an experienced diver, who had followed a rescue course in the previous two weeks.
“It reminds us all of the need to get Saba’s Hyperbaric Chamber back in order, because in these sort of incidents the chamber’s availability can made the difference between life or death, and treatment would be quicker than is presently possible,” Costenaro said.