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Search called off after diver reports he's safe

By Associated Press


The search for a possible missing diver off the west coast of Oahu has been called off after the diver alerted rescuers that he was not in distress.

The Coast Guard, fire department and police began a search Monday after the captain of a dive vessel from Dolphin Excursions found a dive float with recently speared fish floating about 200 yards offshore at a Waianae beach.

A water and aerial search was launched between Lahilahi Point and the Waianae Boat Harbor.

The diver recognized his float on the news and contacted the Coast Guard. He told the Coast Guard he lost it last week near Kaena Point.

The Coast Guard recommends labeling watercraft and equipment with the owner's name, address and phone number to prevent unnecessary searches.

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SueH wrote:
The float was found with "recently speared fish...." and the diver lost it LAST WEEK?? Maybe the boat Captain should stick to looking for dolphins. Hopefully he didn't eat the "recently speared fish"!!
on July 3,2012 | 03:19PM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
That boat captain did exactly the right thing he is supposed to do. The "fisherman" not so much. Leaving his equipment at sea with no ID then coming up with a lame excuse for baiting the water for sharks...this is not only irresponsible but dangerous!
on July 3,2012 | 03:38PM
olos73 wrote:
Isn't it common sense to put your name and phone number on these devices like the Coast Guard says, "to prevent unnecessary searches?" It saves on resources from the Fire Department, Coast Guard, police department, etc. And the gear looks expensive, so, I guess the owner get plenty money and can afford more.
on July 3,2012 | 03:31PM
opalaedo wrote:
Charge him for the cost of the searches!
on July 3,2012 | 06:20PM
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