Diver critically injured off Oahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A man who appears to be in his seventies is in critical condition Wednesday after an apparent diving mishap. Paramedics were called to a diving boat at Kewalo basin at around 2:30 PM.

The man was in 30-40 feet of water when he suddenly surfaced. He is apparently suffering from decompression sickness, also known as "the bends". He was taken via ambulance to hyperbaric treatment chambers.

Decompression sickness can occur when a diver surfaces too rapidly. Gas bubbles form inside the body, causing symptoms ranging from joint pain to paralysis and death. Victims of the bends can be treated in a hyperbaric recompression chamber.

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