Coast Guard search for missing diver south of Nantucket called off

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — Coast Guard search crews ended search efforts for a missing diver 48 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., July 24, 2011, after fellow divers located his body near the dive site.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report of the missing 27-year-old male from the dive charter vessel John Jack at 8:30 a.m.

The vessel was conducting recreational diving over the wreck of the Andrea Doria south of Nantucket. The master of the vessel originally reported that the diver had approximately six hours of air in his tanks. The wreck lies in about 200 feet of water.

The Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead, home-ported in Woods Hole, Mass., diverted to the scene to begin searching for the diver. An HU-25 Falcon jet and a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod also launched to assist in the search.

The diver’s body was located at 3:32 p.m. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

“It’s never easy to see a search end this way and our hearts and thoughts are with the family now,” said Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Hall, First Coast Guard District Public Affairs.

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