Ark. Firefighter Suffers Embolism During Dive Training

Conway Firefighter Danny Collins was performing a search grid task.


A Conway firefighter suffered an embolism while participating in a diving class in Hot Springs, Ark. on Saturday.

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Firefighter Danny Collins was performing a search grid task in about 20 feet of water when the incident occurred, according to The Log Cabin Democrat.

He was flown to a hospital in Shreveport, La. for treatment.

Firefighter Ty Ledbetter found that Collins had become tangled in his line and as the two men were attempting to fix the line, Collins began having problems breathing.

Fire Chief Bart Castleberry told the newspaper that he expects Collins to be in the ICU for about a week and spend time in a hyperbaric chamber for his injuries.

"It was a blessing that the doctor in Hot Springs had seen this kind of injury before and knew what to do," he said.

Collins was able to see his wife before being airlifted to the hospital and his family and a liaison from the fire department have joined him in Shreveport.

Firehouse.com will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.