Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Scuba Diver

BOSTON – The Coast Guard has suspended its search at 8:10 p.m. for a 29-year old scuba diver missing near Scituate, Mass., since Saturday afternoon.

The Scituate Harbormaster reported to the Coast Guard that diver Timothy Ericcson was overdue about 1/4 mile south of New Inlet, Mass., around 3 p.m. Saturday.

The diver had three safety spotters in a 28-foot recreational vessel track his bubbles from the surface. When bubbles were no longer visible on the surface, they called via radio for help. The diver was at a depth of about 20-feet looking for lobster.

The Coast Guard conducted seven surface searches in an area measuring over 50 square miles. Coast Guard assets included helicopters from Air Station Cape Cod, a 25-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Scituate, the cutter Flyingfish of Boston and a 25-foot motor life boat from station Point Allerton.The Coast Guard was aided by a Massachusetts State Police dive team, Scituate Harbormaster, Scituate Fire Department divers, Marshfield Harbormaster, and Massachusetts Environmental Police.

“This has truly been a cooperative search effort involving numerous state and local agencies. The local support was a real asset in this case and we appreciate all the time and effort of all who assisted in the search,” said Lt.j.g William Houde, Coast Guard Sector Boston duty officer.

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