Search for diver off SP coast continues

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Posted by on August 17, 2006 at 06:19:14:

In Reply to: Diver Missing posted by Dale on August 16, 2006 at 17:14:07:

Rescuers searched the ocean off San Pedro on Wednesday for a diver who failed to swim to the surface while on a diving excursion with friends.

Divers from the Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles city Fire Department and county lifeguards scoured the water about 3 miles outside the San Pedro breakwater, city fire spokesman Brian Ballton said.

Helicopters searched from the air.

The diver was reported missing shortly after 1 p.m. He, along with three other divers, went underwater earlier from the Salty V boat, reportedly to examine wreckage below the surface.

Only three returned.

The U.S. Coast Guard initially responded to the call with a helicopter and a 25-foot response boat. The Coast Guard said it cordoned off a 1,000-yard zone around the search area.

The Fire Department sent three boats, two helicopters and a paramedic ambulance.

Boats and air assistance were supplied by the other agencies.

The search was expected to continue until nightfall.

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