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Shelly Beach - Diver missing

SEA RESCUE – SHELLY BEACH – Tuesday, 26th February, 2012. Scuba diver missing:

On Tuesday, 26th February, at 08h30, NSRI Shelly Beach volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a scuba diver gone missing while diving at Protea Banks, approximately 5 nautical miles off-shore of Shelly Beach, from a Dive Charter Boat.

NSRI Shelly Beach volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched two sea rescue craft and a sea rescue craft from NSRI Port Edward has joined in the search.

The Dive Charter Boat, from which the scuba diver has gone missing, initiated a search while raising the alarm.

It appears that the scuba diver missing is the Dive Master. According to reports – when the divers emerged from diving the Dive Master was reported missing but the sequence of events are not as yet clear and are subject to an investigation to determine.

Police Search and Rescue are on high alert and the Transnet National Ports Authority rescue helicopter has joined in the search. A further 4 private boats, some of them are also charter boats, have joined in the search.

The divers, on the dive charter boat, are due to be ferried to shore while the search continues.

The missing scuba diver is aged in his late 20's.

Further updates to follow.

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