Coast Guard rescues missing divers (Update)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard rescued two divers today who were reported overdue when they failed to resurface about 35 miles east of Indian River Bay, Del.

Missing were Joseph Small and Chuck O’Donnell, 55, both of Corbin City, N.J.

The Coast Guard received the call at about 12:50 p.m. from Frank Donnelly, a passenger who stayed behind on the fishing boat Suzie Q, who reported the divers missing after they failed to resurface at their scheduled time.

The two divers went 138-feet to explore a wreckage site and resurfaced about two miles from the boat.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City located the divers at about 2 p.m. and deployed Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Roach, a rescue swimmer, to assess the divers medical needs.

Both divers were reportedly in good condition at the time and in no need of medical care.

Roached stayed with the divers until a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Indian River, Del., arrived and pulled the two divers aboard.

Both divers were taken back to their boat, and they returned to Canyon Club Marina in Cape May, N.J.

“They were both pretty tired,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Stewart of Coast Guard Station Indian River. “They were experienced and equipped for diving, but they were definitely relieved when we arrived.”

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