Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard suspended its active search for a missing diver northwest of Whidbey Island, Wash., at about 9:45 p.m. today, pending any further developments.

The decision to suspend the search was made after both air and surface rescue crews conducted an extensive eight-hour search over approximately 20-square-miles, without any signs of the missing diver.

The 19-year-old female diver was reported missing to the Coast Guard by the Skagit County Sheriff’s Department around 2 p.m. today.

The Coast Guard launched an HH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, two 33-foot rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Bellingham and a Coast Guard Auxiliary rescue boat crew to search for the diver.

A rescue helicopter crew from Navy Air Station Whidbey Island also launched to assist in the search.

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