Update 16 July: In a bizarre coincidence, there was a second case of the bends for another diver off the east coast yesterday. A 47-year-old man was the victim of an almost identical incident off Tabaiba in El Rosario. The incident happened around midday and he too was taken to HUC in a serious condition.
Original post 15 July: A 37-year-old women is very ill after suffering decompression sickness, also known as “the bends”, while diving off Arico. Emergency services say that the incident happened last evening around 8pm at Playa de Las Eras, and that they were alerted by fellow divers. The woman was transferred by helicopter to HUC (University hospital) where she remains in serious condition.