U.S. Coast Guard searching for missing diver

U.S. Coast Guard searching for missing diver


STRONGEST TYPHOON SINCE HAIYAN. THANK YOU, CHRIS. DEVELOPING NOW, THE U.S. COAST GUARD IS SEARCHING FOR MAN WHO DISAPPEARED DURING A SHARK DIVING TRIP IN THE BAHAMAS. THIS IS AN ACTIVE SEARCH. JOHN PETTY, A 63-YEAR-OLD CHIROPRACTOR, HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE SUNDAY. HE WAS WITH A LOCAL DIVE CHARTER. LET’S BRING IN CHRIS McGRATH ON THIS STORY LIVE IN LAKE PARK. CHRIS, ANY PROGRESS SO FAR? WELL, I JUST TALKED TO THE COAST GUARD. THEY HAVE CONFIRMED THEY ARE STILL ACTIVELY SEARCHING AT THIS HOUR FOR THIS MISSING DIVER. THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND SOME DIVE EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING A MASK AND HIS CAMERAS, BUT SO FAR NO SIGN OF HIM. THIS MISSING DIVER REPORTEDLY LEFT ON A DIVE CHARTER FROM HERE IN LAKE PARK THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO GET BACK TO THIS MARINA ON SUNDAY NIGHT BUT NEVER DID. THIS IS THAT MISSING DIVER. HIS NAME IS JOHN PETTY. HE’S 63 YEARS OLD, A CHIROPRACTOR FROM EAST TEXAS. THE COAST GUARD SAYS HE WAS SHARK DIVING OFF THE BAHAMAS WITH EIGHT OTHER PEOPLE SUNDAY NIGHT BUT NEVER RESURFACED. SEARCH CREWS AGAIN HAVE RECOVERED HIS DIVE MASK. THEY’VE RECOVERED HIS CAMERA. ALL OF THIS SEARCH AREA OFF THE BAHAMAS. BUT STILL NO SIGN OF HIM. FRIENDS AND FAMILY BACK HOME IN TEXAS, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, ARE DEVASTATED. BUT THEY’RE STILL HOLDING OUT HOPE. IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN JOHN PETTY, THE SECOND YOU MEET HIM YOU FIND OUT HOW SINCERE HE IS ABOUT EVERYTHING, I MEANERING, HIS PRACTICE, HIS CHURCH, HIS MISSION TRIPS. FRIENDS SAY HE WAS A VERY ACCOMPLISHED DIVER, WHICH IS WHY THEY’RE SURPRISED TO HEAR ABOUT. THIS THE COAST GUARD STILL ACTIVELY SEARCHING AT THIS HOUR ALONG WITH HELP FROM RESCUE CREWS IN THE BAHAMAS.

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