A scuba diver was taken by paramedics to Stevens Hospital after fellow divers responded to his calls for help and pulled him to shore in Edmonds Sunday afternoon.
Firefighters and police responded at 12:16 p.m. to a report of a diver in distress at the Brackett’s Landing Underwater Park just north of the Edmonds Ferry Dock. “Witnesses saw the diver surface three times yelling for help, then he went under and didn’t come back up,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire and emergency medical service in Edmonds.
Divers on the surface quickly responded to the cries for help and began trying to locate the diver in distress. Ron Migas of Everett and his dive partner were just getting ready to enter the water for their first dive of the day. They followed the current and directions from people on shore to the spot where they last saw the diver in distress. Migas located the diver under 15 feet of water about 50 feet from a jetty. He brought the unconscious diver to the surface and a dive park volunteer helped tow the man to shore.
“They were towing the diver to shore when firefighters arrived,” Hynes said. “They pulled him up on the rocks and began providing medical care.”
The man was still unconscious when paramedics transported him to Stevens Hospital, she said. His condition was considered life threatening. Fire officials did not have further information on his condition due to medical privacy laws.