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Search for missing 70-year-old scuba diver continues in Port Elizabeth

Aug 11, 2017
Search for missing 70-year-old scuba diver continues in Port Elizabeth

A search operation is continuing for a third day in Port Elizabeth where a 70-year-old scuba diver went missing on Wednesday off-shore of Noordhoek.

According to Ian Gray, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Elizabeth station commander, at 12h00, on Wednesday, the NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following reports of a diver missing while scuba diving off-shore of Noordhoek.

“An extensive search, including a sea, shoreline, air and scuba-dive search, for the missing 70-year-old local man has been carried out,” said Gray then.

He said that resources deployed in the search operation has included seven private boats (Found Nemo, Spoogs, Taryn, Sea La Vie, Triple K, Real Deal and Jumper - from the Noordhoek ski-boat club), a team of private scuba divers, who are qualified rescue divers, the Police Dive Unit, the NSRI Port Elizabeth sea rescue craft Spirit of Toft and Eikos Rescuer IV and the NSRI rescue vehicle, an SA Air Force 15 Squadron, Charlie Flight BK-117 helicopter, Eastern Cape government Health EMS and Coastal Water Rescue.

“The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Telkom Maritime Radio Services have also assisted,” Gray said.

“Despite the extensive search no sign of the missing man has been found.

“A Police Dive Unit are continuing an ongoing search operation.”

He said that members of NSRI Port Alfred were dispatched to assist the wife of the missing man.

“NSRI commend the private divers (who joined Police divers in the scuba-dive search) and the private boats that joined in this search operation,” Gray added.

Rescuers could not locate the missing man on Thursday.

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