Search continues for missing diver

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Posted by Safety News on September 30, 2014 at 12:19:38:

From the Daily Breeze

Search continues for missing diver near Catalina Island
By Greg Yee, Press-Telegram
CATALINA ISLAND >> The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are continuing their search for a diver who went missing Monday night in Emerald Bay on Catalina Island.

A commercial dive boat captain reported the diver missing around 11 p.m. after the diver surfaced and yelled “help,” before going under the water, according to information from the Coast Guard.

A 45-foot response boat and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducted searches during the night, the Coast Guard said.

Baywatch Isthmus boat crews and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau divers searched during the night and morning hours.

A Coast Guard helicopter conducted first-light searches and Baywatch boats with divers continue their search efforts.

Authorities searching for missing diver off Catalina Island
By Carley Dryden, Daily Breeze
POSTED: 09/30/14, 11:20 AM PDT | 0 COMMENTS
Authorities are continuing to search the water in Emerald Bay on Catalina Island for a man who reportedly went missing while part of a chartered group dive early this morning.

Reports came in around 1 a.m. of a missing diver near Indian Rock, just west of Isthmus Cove, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman.

“Divers have been searching all morning, but we have been unable to locate him so far,” the spokesman said about 10 a.m. “We are actively searching with sonar right now, and the divers will resume in a few minutes.”

The Los Angeles County Fire Department dive team, along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department divers, the Los Angeles Port Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and others have joined the search.

The spokesman said the man, whose name and age have not been released, was with a group of divers on a charter boat called The Sand Dollar.

A woman who answered the phone at Diving Charters Inc., which charters The Sand Dollar, said, “We have no information. How dare you call here.”

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