Man Injures Neck Following Dive Off Boat


The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 40-year-old man who was injured after he dove off his boat into a sand bar at Presque Isle Bay North of the Erie Yacht Club. The man’s name and hometown are not being released.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Erie, Pennsylvania, was notified from a local 911 emergency dispatcher of a 40-year-old man who dove off his boat into 5 feet of water, hit a sand bar, and reportedly could no longer feel or move his arms.

A rescue boatcrew from Station Erie and Erie Fire Department paramedics launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small (RB-S).

The rescue crew entered the water to immobilize the man using a stokes litter, brought him aboard the RB-S, and transported him to the Erie Yacht Club, where EMS were waiting to take the man to Hamot Medical Center in Erie. He was listed in serious condition.

The surgeon attending to the man stated that the quick and professional response of the rescue crew and Erie Fire Department paramedics prevented more extensive injuries. CASE CLOSED