US Coast Guard searching for missing diver in the Bahamas

MIAMI, Jul 16  – The United States Coast Guard says it is still searching for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture about 20 nautical miles northwest of West End, the Bahamas.

 On Wednesday, the Coast Guard said John E. Petty, 63, of Longview, Texas, has been missing since Sunday night.

The Coast Guard 7th District command centre said they were contacted late Sunday by the captain aboard the commercial dive vessel, who said Perry went shark diving with eight others and never returned.

“The Coast Guard immediately launched multiple air and sea assets that have been searching since alongside Royal Bahamas Police Force,” the statement said.

The Coast Guard said rescue crews have found dive gear within the search area but have not located Petty.

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