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Coast Guard rescues scuba diver off SC coast

May 23, 2010 12:51:00 PM - thestate.com
The Coast Guard says crews have rescued a scuba diver who was suffering symptoms of a heart attack while diving nine miles off the South Carolina coast.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that 65-year-old Harry Winkler was at a depth of 120 feet when he began feeling symptoms Saturday afternoon.

A rescue swimmer was dropped over the dive area from a helicopter and swam to the boat Scuba Express. He put Winkler in a rescue basket to be lifted to the helicopter.

The crew put him on oxygen and flew him to a hospital in nearby Georgetown. A spokeswoman for Georgetown Memorial Hospital said Sunday that Winkler was in stable condition.