Coast Guard Searches for Overdue Diver

McKinleyville, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for an overdue diver that was on a round-trip from Eureka to Cape Mendocino yesterday.

35-year old Kawika Chetron, left alone on his 17-foot Boston Whaler at approximately 11:00 a.m. yesterday from Eureka to Blunts Reef just West of Cape Mendocino and was expected back yesterday evening. When he did not return a good samaritan notified the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard located his vessel just West of Cape Mendocino with no sign of Mr. Chetron on board or in the vicinity. The Coast Guard searched throughout the night, the entire following day and throughout the second night with a C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft, 2 HH-65 Dolphin helicopters, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat, and a 47-foot motor life boat.

Mr. Chetron is reported to be an experienced diver with more than average boating experience. He was outfitted in a dry suit with an inner liner prolonging his chance of surviving the 55 degree water. The Coast Guard continues to search for Mr. Chetron.

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