Diver’s tank found in sea

| 20/01/2014

(CNS) Update Monday 4:45pm: Divers involved in the search for 57-year-old David Byles, who was reported missing during a dive off Seven Mile Beach yesterday, have recovered an item of his clothing from the sea. The item was located by police and volunteer divers around 1.20pm today, approximately 135 feet off the Barracuda Wall, where Byles had been diving. At about 10:10 this morning volunteers and police recovered his BCD and diving tank at around 110 feet off the same dive site. Police say the search has been stood down for the day and will resume on Tuesday morning at 8am. Inspector Ian Yearwood is appealing for specialist divers, those who are experienced in depths of at least 135 feet, to join the search tomorrow. 

Anyone who is available and has the requisite diving experience is asked to contact him on 649-7803 or 526-3159.

Byles, a visitor to Cayman from North Carolina, was reported missing following a dive off Seven Mile Beach on Sunday morning, 19 January.

According to the police, he was diving with his wife as part of an organised boat dive at the Barracuda Wall, off Seven Mile Beach. They both surfaced and began swimming towards the Sunset Divers boat, which was approximately 100 yards away. On reaching the boat it was discovered that he had disappeared from view. A search of the immediate area by the boat crew failed to trace him and a police operation was launched.

Police from the air support and marine units as well as uniformed officers resumed the search for him this morning with the help of local boaters and divers. 

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