Search launched for missing diver

Update 1pm Monday: Divers involved in the search for 57-year-old David Byles, who was reported missing during a dive off Seven Mile Beach yesterday, have recovered his dive vest and air tank from the sea.

The items were located  by police and volunteer divers just after 10 a.m. Monday, around 110 feet off the Barracuda Wall.

The search for Mr. Byles continues and Inspector Ian Yearwood is calling on any boat owners or divers who can assist in the search this afternoon to contact him on the following numbers – 649-7803 or 526-3159.

Update 10.30 a.m., Monday: Police have named the diver missing off Seven Mile Beach as 57-year-old David Byles from Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Mr. Byles had been diving with his wife from a Sunset Divers boat at Barracuda
Wall, off Seven Mile Beach, Sunday morning. According to police, both surfaced and began swimming towards
the boat, which was approximately 100 yards away. However, when his wife reached the boat, Mr. Byles had disappeared. 

“A search of
the immediate area by the boat crew failed to trace him and a police operation
was launched,” police said. 

The search Sunday failed to locate the diver. On Monday morning, RCIPS police
divers, marine, air and operational support units, Department of Environment boats and port security resumed their search for Mr. Byles. 

 

Several members
of the public have also volunteered to help. Inspector Ian Yearwood is working with the volunteers to coordinate the search. 

Any boat
owners and/or divers who want to help in the search should contact the
Marine Unit on 649-7803 or Inspector Yearwood on 526-3159.

 

Update: Sunday, 5.30pm: By late afternoon Sunday, police had found no trace of a missing 57-year-old male diver last seen on a morning boat dive.

Police received a call at around 10:20 a.m. Sunday morning from a local dive company saying one of its divers was missing. 

According to police, the diver, who was visiting from the United States, apparently came to the surface with his dive buddy but did not make it back to the boat. 

“The boat captain and crew commenced searching the area to locate him but were unsuccessful. They reported the matter to authorities,” police said. 

A search and rescue effort was launched involving the marine unit, the police helicopter, dive vessels and officers on shore. However, as of 5 p.m., the diver had not been located.

Sergeant Richard Scott of the police marine unit said efforts to find the missing diver would continue at 7 a.m. Monday if the search was not successful on Sunday. 

Sergeant Scott appealed for anyone who could assist with vessels or diving to contact him at 949-7710 or 325-8092 if they wished to assist in the coordinated search. 

Original story: Police have mounted an air and sea search for a male diver who went missing late Sunday morning.

The police’s marine and air units, as well as uniform officers, were searching an area off Seven Mile Beach Sunday afternoon for the diver.

Several dive boats also joined in the search for the missing man.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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