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7th District Southeast Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

July 14, 2014


Contact: 7th Coast Guard District

Email: D07-SMB-PAMIAMI@uscg.mil

Office: (305) 415-6683

Coast Guard searches for missing diver in the Bahamas

MIAMI — Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture in the vicinity of West End, Bahamas, Sunday night.

Missing is John E. Petty, 63, hometown unknown.

Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders were contacted by the captain aboard the commercial dive vessel Shear Water late Sunday night stating that Petty went shark diving with eight others and he never resurfaced.

The Coast Guard immediately launched multiple air and sea assets that have been searching since. Currently on scene supporting Bahamian authorities and searching are the crews aboard:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, homeported in Miami, Florida.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft.
  • Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued.

Petty was last seen 20 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas by one of the divers in the group. 

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