Searchers Unable To Locate Missing Diver on the Yukon

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Posted by on June 27, 2005 at 01:18:02:

Diver Reported Missing Saturday

SAN DIEGO -- Searchers Sunday were unable to find a scuba diving instructor reported missing when he didn't return from a dive near a sunken ship off Mission Beach, a lifeguard sergeant said.

The 50-year-old man, whose name was not released, was reported missing about 6:25 p.m. Saturday after he was 35 minutes overdue from his dive near the sunken Canadian destroyer Yukon, Keach said.

The report spurred a 40-minute search of the area by the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and lifeguard divers, lifeguard Lt. John Greenhalgh said.

Sunday, 30 divers from various agencies continued looking for the man around 7 a.m., San Diego lifeguard Sgt. Troy Keach said.

About 60 dives were made, with 90 percent of the interior of the ship and a large amount of the perimeter covered, Keach said.

The missing diver was last seen at a depth of at least 75 feet, where only the most experienced divers go when at the Yukon, Keach said.

Divers are scheduled to return at 6 a.m. Monda to double check "a lot of dark spots" in the ship, he said.

The 366-foot Yukon was sunk to a depth of 100 feet nearly five years ago as an artificial reef and an attraction for scuba divers.

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