Injured abalone diver airlifted to hospital

April 2, 2009 12:46:15 PM PDT
A 60-year-old man was pulled to shore after experiencing problems while diving off the Sonoma County coast Wednesday, the opening day of abalone season, according to the sheriff's department.

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Sheriff's helicopter "Henry 1" responded to an emergency call at Stillwater Cove at about 11:15 a.m., landing on the beach to assist Folsom resident Monty Muller.

Muller had apparently been pulled to shore by his diving buddy after he suffered a medical emergency in the water, sheriff's officials said.

He was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, about a 10-minute flight during which emergency personnel administered medical care, according to the sheriff's department.

The sheriff's department has not released information on Muller's condition.

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