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Search for Channel diver called off

Published 25/05/2015

Lifeboats and a helicopter are searching for the missing diver off Dorset
Lifeboats and a helicopter are searching for the missing diver off Dorset

The search for a diver missing in the English Channel has been called off, coastguards said.

He failed to resurface while diving with two others from the boat Emma J off Swanage, Dorset, at around 4.40pm yesterday.

The search, which involved lifeboats and helicopters, covered an area of 10 nautical miles before being suspended last night.

But the Maritime and Coastguard agency said it decided not to resume the search today and that the man's family had been told.

National maritime operations commander Tristam Newey said: "We used many resources yesterday to make an extensive search of an area covering 10 square nautical miles.

"The search and rescue helicopter from Portland and then from Lee-on-Solent carried out a comprehensive search from the air and the lifeboats from Poole and Swanage did an equally thorough job on the sea.

"In the early hours of this morning yachts taking part in the Myth of Malham race passed through the area that we searched yesterday. We asked all to keep a look out for this diver but nothing was seen."

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