A scuba diver died Sunday morning after what Coast Guard officials said was a dive accident just three miles off the Manasquan coast.
Coast Guard watchstanders at Station Manasquan Inlet received a radio hail at approximately 8:40 a.m. from a crewmember aboard the commercial dive vessel Sea Lion, Brielle, reporting a dive accident approximately 3 miles out to sea, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
A crewmember aboard the Sea Lion stated that a diver exited the water experiencing shallow breathing and was in need of medical assistance, according to the spokesman.
A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, including two emergency medical technicians, from Station Manasquan Inlet arrived on scene at about 9:05 a.m. The two technicians boarded the Sea Lion to assist the man while the MLB and Sea Lion crews transited back to the station.
Upon arrival on the Point Pleasant Beach side of the Manasquan inlet, the man was transferred to awaiting EMTs and transported to Ocean Medical Center, Brick, where he was pronounced deceased, the official said.
The Point Pleasant First Aid and Emergency Squad and Monoc Paramedics responded.
The man has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.
“It is important for people who go out on the water to have some training in first aid and medical supplies on their vessels in case of emergency. In this case, everyone aboard the Sea Lion was certified in CPR and were first aid responders who took immediate action to try and help this man until officials arrived,” said Petty Officer 2ndClass Robert McNamara, a crewmember from the station.