Coast Guard searching for missing diver in the Bahamas

d7MIAMI — Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture in the vicinity of West End, Bahamas, Sunday night.

Missing is John E. Petty, 63, hometown unknown.

Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders were contacted by the captain aboard the commercial dive vessel Shear Water late Sunday night stating that Petty went shark diving with eight others and he never resurfaced.

The Coast Guard immediately launched multiple air and sea assets that have been searching since. Currently on scene supporting Bahamian authorities and searching are the crews aboard:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, homeported in Miami, Florida.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued.

Petty was last seen 20 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas by one of the divers in the group.

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  1. Keith Cooper says:

    On behalf of all of the children in The West End Eco-Fishing Camp we send our prayers to the family of missing diver John Petty. We teach our children ages 8-16 years to respect the ocean especially all animals who live under the sea. Tiger Sharks along with other species are taught in our camp so that children know what they look like and the purpose they serve in nature. We welcome a visit from the Coast Guard to stop in West End to expose your great organization to the children of the settlement. We hope to hear from you soon.