Coast Guard, locals continuing to search for missing diver

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Coast Guard boat and air crews searched throughout the night and continue to search Sunday for the diver who went missing Saturday afternoon near Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Involved in the search for the 18 year old are helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, and Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia; a C-130 plane from Air Station Clearwater; the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon; and a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Charleston.

A South Carolina Department of Natural Resources plane, Charleston County Sheriffs, DNR officers, and good Samaritans have also been assisting with the search.

The teen was diving with his father from a 22-foot Carolina skiff about 13 miles southeast of Folly Beach between 2 and 2:15 p.m., Saturday for a 30-minute dive with a 60-foot maximum depth. Initial reports to the Coast Guard indicated the teen never resurfaced when scheduled, but the teen’s family later clarified, reporting he did resurface when scheduled and was attempting to remove his weight belt when he went underwater again and was not seen resurfacing.

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