A commercial diver suffered muscle pain Tuesday afternoon while cleaning a town water tank in Plymouth, Fire Chief Ed Bradley said.

The diver, a man who was not identified, was removed from the tank and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, Bradley said.

The man’s symptoms were consistent with the bends, a form of compression illness. But it was determined he had muscular pains, the chief said.

A team consisting of the diver, a backup diver in the tower, and two supervisors on the ground were working on one of the 11 water towers in Plymouth when the diver started to complain of pain in his shoulders and back, according to Bradley.


The contracting company, which was not identified, has been working for the town of Plymouth since the late 90’s, according to Bradley.

They inspect two towers a year in Plymouth and have never had a similar problem, Bradley said.

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