SPECIAL REPORT: Divers called to Provincetown for missing diver who failed to surface off long point


PROVINCETOWN
– The Coast Guard is searching the waters off Provincetown by air and sea Wednesday after an 80-year-old man failed to resurface from a dive near Long Point.

A crewman aboarda 16-foot Boston Whaler dive boat contacted Coast Guard watchstanders for help at 11:40 a.m. reporting the man began his dive at 11 a.m., and shortly after, was no longer attached to his dive flag.

At last contact, the experienced diver reported he had 30-35 minutes remaining on his oxygen tank. He was diving in about 35 feet of water.

A response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Provincetown, a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, the Massachusetts Environmental Police, the local Harbormaster, dive teams from Yarmouth and Brewster, and other good Samaritan commercial and recreational vessel crews are searching for the man, who is said to have more than 50 years of diving experience.
Media release furnished by U.S. Coast Guard

Photo via TowboatUS Provincetown

Local agencies from across Cape Cod responded to the dive team activation. In addition to the Coast Guard and Mass Environmental Police, boats from Sandwich, Barnstable and Dennis responded along with divers from several Cape fire departments. A helicopter circled overhead for a time, and sources tell CWN the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies used a side scan sonar system in an attempt to locate the missing diver.

Photos by Tim Caldwell/CWN except as noted



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