Victorian diver recovering after losing consciousness off NSW coast

A diver who was found unconscious, and laying on the bottom of the ocean floor off the NSW south coast is recovering after being place in an induced coma in Canberra Hospital.

The Victorian man was snorkelling near Lennards Island off the coast of Eden, about 480 kilometres south of Sydney, on Thursday, when he was found by his diving partner on the sea floor.

The 24-year-old was diving at depths of about 12 metres when he lost consciousness on Thursday morning.

His diving partner performed first aid on him before water police arrived, taking over CPR and transporting the man to a wharf at Snug Cove.

The Eden Magnet reports the man was unresponsive for 20 minutes.

Ambulance paramedics arrived on the scene a short time later, taking over first aid until he was airlifted to Canberra Hospital by the Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter just after 2pm.

A Canberra doctor on board the helicopter put the man into an induced coma. On Friday morning, he was brought out of the coma and was in a stable condition.

Sergeant Scott Blanch of Eden Police told the Eden Magnet the diver and his partner were in town for Monday's Eden 3 Way State titles spearfishing competition.

- Eden Magnet

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