Search continues for missing diver in the Bahamas

MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture approximately 20 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas, Sunday night.

Missing is John E. Petty, 63, from Longview, Texas.

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 returned.

606105The Coast Guard immediately launched multiple air and sea assets that have been searching since alongside Royal Bahamas Police Force. Currently on scene and searching are the crews aboard:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, homeported in Miami.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida HC-130 Hercules aircraft.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter.

Rescue crews have found dive gear within the search area but have not located Petty.

Petty was last seen by one of the divers in the group.

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