Coast Guard suspends search for missing Emerald Bay diver

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SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the missing diver in Emerald Bay on Catalina Island, Calif., this evening at 6:37 p.m.

The active search was suspended at sunset after Coast Guard boat and air crews scoured approximately 587 square nautical miles, spending over 69 hours in search patterns.

Helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles and Coast Guard Sector San Diego conducted 20 sorties, while Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach 45-foot Response Boat crews conducted five sorties. Coast Guard patrol boats also conducted six sorties. In addition Los Angeles Port Police, Los Angeles County Fire Department, and Los Angeles County Sheriffs assisted in the search for the missing diver.

A sortie is an often used military term for a unit’s specific mission, starting from launch or takeoff until its return to base.

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